Ask, and It Will Be Given
Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
Seek And You Shall Find
The Sermon on the Mount is an excellent summary of Christ’s teachings and is outlined in the Gospel of Matthew, chapters 5-7. Christians and non-Christians alike, all over the world, are aware of these teachings. But would things look different right now if more of us wholeheartedly tried to live by them?
Let’s be honest: most of us are half-hearted and lukewarm in our attempts to follow even Christ’s key teachings. There are a number of reasons for this but it all boils down to a lack of faith and the inability to imagine a better world, a better way. Another way of saying it is: ‘Rubbish in, rubbish out.’
What we feed our minds on a daily basis is then projected out into the world, informing our actions. When we fail to seek God daily, we see reflected back at us ever-increasing levels of conflict and division.
What Should We Be Seeking?
We are still grappling with the basics as a collective because we are not prioritising compassion. This is what the King of Cups has come to remind us. He is asking us to actively seek out the most compassionate, giving and forgiving part of ourselves – the part that is alive to God’s love.
Or, in the words of St Francis:
“O Divine Master, Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console;
To be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive“
Do You Have What It Takes?
Faith is required to be able to live the words of the prayer above… but what is faith? We find the answer in the book of Hebrews:
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.Hebrews 11:1
Faith in God
Of course, the Bible is talking about faith in God. Is this different from faith in ourselves or a ‘Higher Self’? Yes, it’s about our relationship with our Creator through Christ. God is not some abstract theory or force. He is not an extension of our minds; he created our minds. God is a loving Father.
Think of it this way, God has invited us to fellowship with Him by sending His Son to show us the Way. We can reject this offer of grace and new life but then the buck stops with us.
How can we even begin to know compassion if we reject God’s compassion for us? Let’s seek His love ardently this week; let’s enter into deeper fellowship so that our cup may run over.
Ther is a better way!
The Sermon on the Mount
I invite you to read through the chapters in the Gospel of Matthew that cover the Sermon on the Mount, i.e. chapters 5-7. If you read them with a heart that truly seeks to know God’s love and compassion, new questions and new answers will come flooding in.
Questions to Contemplate
That said, I have just two questions for us to focus on for this week and they are both about seeking to be an extension of God’s love:
- Who can I reach out to with love and consolation this week?
- What can I do for them?
You will find that seeking out ways to show more compassion will almost instantly make you feel better to. That’s because we are all here for each other.
Decks used: The Jesus Deck and the Robledo Marseille Tarot. The Hanson-Roberts Tarot is shown in the Insta post.