Spiritual Candy – Luke 11:9
(This coming Sunday we’ll be kicking off a new series in Luke, “The King is Here.” This week I’ll be blogging on some of the top verses from Luke.)
In the movie Finding Nemo, there’s a scene when Marlin gets down in the dumps, and his new friend Dory gives him a some fishy advice:
Dory: Hey there, Mr. Grumpy Gills. When life gets you down do you wanna know what you’ve gotta do?
Marlin: No I don’t wanna know.
Dory: Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming. What do we do? We swim, swim.
(Because we have four children, I’ve probably seen that movie more times that I’d like to admit.)
While none of us are likely to make Dory’s silly little song a life principle, Jesus did give us similar advice:
And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. (Luke 11:9)
Here Jesus is speaking about the persistence of prayer. See, sometimes we need to be reminded that God isn’t a spiritual vending machine that we stick our prayer into once, and out pops an answer. Yes, He could operate that way, but if He did, we’d start treating Him like one (a vending machine, that is).
“Needs come and go. Relationships last.”
It’s like a friend who calls you only when they need something from you. You want a friendship. They just want what you can do for them in the moment. When the only interaction you have is to meet a need, the relationship becomes rote and one-sided.
Christian, trust me when I say that God want’s to answer your prayer. His desire is to meet your needs. But I believe He is more interested in the relationship than in your present need. We can see this as Jesus unpacks the rest of His commentary:
For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11:10-13)
Can you see it? The point isn’t about fish or eggs, the point is that we have a Heavenly Father who loves to give gifts to His children – YOU!
And the gift is more than just an answer to your current problem; the gift is His Holy Spirit, who lives IN you, and Who is available and able to walk with you through any situation you may encounter.
God isn’t interested in handing out spiritual candy – He’s about giving spiritual LIFE.
We can change the world, one life at a time…