‘Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. – Matthew 7:7-8
During Lent, we’re asked to take a long, hard look at ourselves; how we live our life, consider the choices we have made and look ahead to the choices before us.
In doing this there are, inevitably, questions – and with questions, we seek answers. Ideally, those answers are already prepared for us; wrapped up in a bow waiting for us to find it under the tree but that’s not how it works.
Within the Gospels, 183 questions were asked of Jesus. He answered only 3 directly. This tells us that the answers aren’t easy to find. However, if we are ready to seek God’s guidance, just as Jesus did, and listen to His voice, we will find the wisdom to develop the answers. That wisdom will be our guide to discern the difference between the right and wrong answers to our questions.
When we stop questioning, our relationship breaks down. The relationship that breaks down is the one we have with Jesus.
Lent is also a time for stopping to take time to reflect on what God wants from us. In guiding us through this journey, He is also asking us to be willing to respond when the time is right.
Have we truly considered this may mean calling us to new areas of service, to take on new responsibilities, move on from the place or position we’re in or accept new challenges?
Or, is God saying to us that now is the time to reflect on our approach to others. Are we being the life-affirming, hope-bringing, peace-making people we are invited to become under the teachings of Jesus to the depths of our communities? Are we willing to meet people where they are? Are we willing to take the door to them, and not be shy in offering the route to opening it?
‘When the Lord closes a door, somewhere He opens a window.’ – The Sound of Music
For anyone, whether you’re the strongest of the strong or the weakest of the weak, when a door closes it’s easy to take refuge in the darkness rather than searching for the light. That’s why, when we’re considering these things – we must think, maybe God is calling me to be the window. And the window we offer are the teachings of Jesus – the lessons we’ve learnt and the person those lessons have called us to be.
There is no subscription fee for following Jesus. His love is freely given. However, if we truly love Jesus and are serious about following Him, then we will want to repay His love through offering our service.
He said freely, freely
You have received
Freely, freely give
Go in My name
And because you believe
Others will know that I live.
And so, questions? The question mark is one of the greatest marks of true discipleship and this always comes at a price but it also comes with all the special offers imaginable. In paying the price, we can reap lasting happiness, life in all its fullness and make a difference.