Jesus–A “Self Help” Guru?

Communicating, Looking, and Entering

By: Katie Runnels

Jesus Christ was the first “Self Help” guru.  For those of you who are against “secular humanism,” I hate to break it to you, but Jesus Christ was the first.  He point blankly says:  DO YOUR PART!  Once again, in the following teaching from Matthew, Jesus calls us to do our part–and trust in God’s loving nature.

Matthew 7:7

Ask, Seek, Knock

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

“Which of you, if your 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.


To ask is to verbally communicate:  God wants us to communicate.  Note here that Jesus does not say, “ask Me.”  He simply says, “ASK.”  These are principles to follow not only in our relationship with God, but also in your relationship with others.  For God is in control of the universe and every good thing comes from Him anyway.   Communicate your needs to God and others. ASK. ASK. ASK.  Do not remain silent about what you want….

LOOK.  To seek is to look for something.  If you want something, start looking!  Explore.  Take risks.  Get out there!  You have to leave your “threshold,” in other words, in order to find something new.  You must physically LOOKL!!! Don’t expect things to just come to you.  You must MOVE.  YOU must get in MOTION!!


Knocking on a door implies a later “entering.”  If you want to enter, you must knock.  The door must be opened.  And how is the door opened?  It is opened through your persistent knocking. Pound. Create noise. Arouse the master of the house until he opens the door.  Then, you enter.  In order to enter, you must demand through your knocking.

It’s like this:  “Where is it, Lord?”

“It’s over there, Katie!”

“I’m looking, Lord…Oh, I found it…”

“Now, give it to me, Lord!  You know you want to…”

Say what you want.  Look for what you want.  Persistently create noise until you get what you want.

This sounds like a “Self Help” book to me!


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