“7 Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
“9 Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 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! 12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”
It’s that easy, ask. Calling it a gift is a momentous understatement. What a huge freaking blessing! Grace.
Ever wonder how those last two sentences tie in? The golden rule sums up a the prophet’s teachings. I think it’s all about the asking part in the first sentence. God knows our heart. Crud, He knows we’re evil (His words, not mine), and He’s telling us what we have to do, how we have to allow our hearts to be transformed, what His expectations are of us.
Treat others like we want to be treated. Everyone. Even those who are evil. Like He loves us. And make no mistake, it’s not tolerance, it’s love.
Love. Is it in your heart? Does it frame your decisions? Is it part of your foundation stone?
God knows our heart, and he knows if we’re asking out of selfishness, or if we truly want to accept His gift of salvation. Do you love God? Love Him enough to serve Him?