Seek and you will find!

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Monday, March 11, 2019

"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7

After Dr. Alexander Fleming discovered Penicillin in 1928, it took 14 years before Anne Miller became the first civilian patient to be successfully treated with penicillin. Because Dr. Fleming had neither the laboratory resources nor the chemistry background to isolate the active ingredient of the Penicillium mold juice, purifying it, figuring out which germs it was effective against, and how to use it, it took a pathologist at Oxford University named Dr. Howard Florey to complete that task. Dr. Howard began experimenting with penicillium in 1938. Two years later, he tested his purified penicillin on a patient named Albert Alexander. In 1940 Florey and his partner Dr. Chain began mass-producing penicillin for the US military.

Though Dr. Fleming discovered penicillin by random luck, it took Dr. Florey and Dr. Chain years of laboratory research and testing to purify penicillium for medicinal purposes. Because of their tenacity in research, there are now well over 100 antibiotics. Penicillin has been playing a vital role in the curing of most infectious diseases and has contributed to helping people live longer.

In today’s text, Jesus tells the crowd that if they ask, it will be given to them; seek, and they will find; knock, and the door will be opened to them. When I think about this verse, I see several essential life-changing lessons. First, asking requires thoughtful deliberation and expectation. The verb is in the present imperative active- third person singular. It is used as a command by Jesus to tell his followers to ask-and continue asking- for what they need, in the present. Simply put, the believer should not hesitate to let his or her requests be made known to God in the present.

Asking means we acknowledge God’s Sovereign power to deliver. It is a form of worship and an expression of faith. Asking of God affirms our relationship with God. It confirms the source of our blessing and reminds the enemy whose we are.

Second, we are also commanded to seek. That search requires commitment, hard work, and dedication. Most people want results, but they do not want to do the hard work. They like the idea of being successful, but they do not want to do the work necessary to become successful. None of us is ever going to wake up one day and become a mature disciple of Jesus Christ. It takes hard work. We have to invest the time in searching his word and his will. Everything we are going to do for the kingdom of God is going to require seeking. In Jeremiah 29:13, God told his people “you will seek me and find me when you seek me will all your heart.”

One of the reasons so many Christians struggle in their spiritual walk is because they are not seeking God. In pharmaceutical research, it can take more than ten years and hundreds of millions of dollars to discover a medicinal drug. Yet some Christians think it is okay to go to church haphazardly, read their Bible inconsistently, and pray only in times of emergency and still have a right relationship with God.

Thirdly, God wants us to knock. Knocking reflects a desire for growth and a need for transformation. In knocking we get God’s attention, and make a statement that we are not satisfied with the status quo. Even when we knock out of frustration, we get God’s attention. In knocking, we let the Almighty know we are ready for a change, and we invite him to glorify himself in our situation.

Ask, seek, and knock are not magic words, but they can have a life-changing impact on those who use them wisely and consistently. Jesus commands us to use them because he knew that sin, guilt, and shame would make some of us reticent to ask, seek and knock. Because of our relationship with God through Jesus Christ, we should never hesitate to ask, seek, and knock. That is why Jesus told his disciples, “If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it” (John 14:14). So go ahead: ask, seek, and knock! The Lord is waiting to answer.

Prayer- Blessed Lord, help those who are lost and confused to know they can ask, seek and knock.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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