To me, there’s nothing more comforting than today’s words from Jesus:
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.
Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
We’re sitting at Jesus’ feet, listening to the greatest sermon ever preached: The Sermon on the Mount.
Here’s today’s selection:
Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces. (Matthew 7:6)
Today, Jesus dives right into our hearts again and gives us instructions for how to relate to others in this world. Here’s what he says:
Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, “Let me take the speck out of your eye,” when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
Worried? Anxious? Stressed? Today’s message is for you.
Yesterday, Jesus reminded us of two things: (1) to store up treasures in heaven instead of on earth and (2) that we can’t serve both God and money.
Today, he tells us how to live out those principles: