Who Will You Answer?
Main Course: 7 Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today if you hear His voice, 8 do not harden your hearts, as you did in the rebellion, in the time of testing in the wilderness,… (Heb. 3:7-8)
Jesus is knocking at the door but also sins lies at the door (Gen. 4:7). Who will you answer? Both have rewards: for the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ (Rms. 6:23). Jesus has a gift, not grief.... eternal life. He has a greater and better reward with His knock (Heb. 11:6; Rev. 3:20). God's reward for us is an answer. He answers us with wisdom, knowledge and joy - strength (Eccles. 2:26; Dan. 10:12; Gen. 41:16; cf. Prov. 3:5-6). It is not the lack of money, people or any material things that's we are in need but they are the result, the outcome of receiving the source of these things which comes from God. We must admit that what we lack is not material things or well connected networks of people, but the wisdom (strategy and direction), knowledge (God's perspective/revelation) and joy (strength) to obtain them.
The problem is that although all these things are waiting for us, we are still in lack. How do we close the gap? By renewing our mind daily and obeying God's word. Since His ways and thoughts are so much higher than ours (Ps. 139:6; Is.55:8-9), this exercise and discipline of the soul helps us to cross that bridge, close the gap, to be able to reach out to God -- stretch beyond ourselves --- and lay claim of His promises for our lives. Even though it seems impossible at times from where we are, it is not through Jesus Christ (if we use His example, His life that he left us. This is our peace in which we can anchor our soul and rest assured, be confident that He who started a good work will perform it (Philip. 1:6; Rms 4:20-21; Heb. 13:21; Ps. 138:8).
Is it my prayer that we seek first God's opinion (F.E.D. = F-irst, E-arly, D-aily), His way and all these other things will be given to us (Matt. 6:33; 2 Pet. 1:3; 3 Jn. 2). This is my "one thing"; this my answer to His knock (Ps. 27:4). What is your answer?