The Thought for the Week this week is written by Paul Sharkey

by Susie Jean Sharkey

“I press on” (Philippians 3:12) 

Christianity is not passive in any way. Let me explain: We can sit and wait for God to come to us with a blessing, or an answer to prayer, or perhaps waiting for some change to take place in our lives. We can simply wait and we may wait passively for a lifetime. Or else, we can press on into God and (reverently speaking) not let go of Him until He answers our prayers or meets our needs.

Jesus, Himself, said “ Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” (Matt 7:7 NIV)

 There is an attitude of asking, seeking and knocking in Christianity – or at least there should be. We should indeed, wait – but with an attitude of expectancy that the time of receiving will come. We should ask – but with the attitude of knowing that the answer will come. We must seek – knowing that God has promised that if we seek we will find. We  knock – knowing that God has already promised that the door will open.

 Speaking of heaven, Jesus said that the “violent take it by force” (Matt 11:12). I believe Jesus is directing us to an actively seeking attitude where we “press on” in everything we do, in everything we seek and pray for. God wants us to find Him, to hear from Him and to 'bring Him down' to the people . We do that by giving Him no rest from our vocal prayers, but also in the attitude of our hearts. Jesus told that the neighbour answered the door because of the needy man's importunity (Luke 11:8) – and so it must be with us – keep asking, seeking, knocking hour after hour, day after day until the blessing comes and the hand of God moves on our behalf!