11 “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!”
Matthew 7:11 (ESV)
We have all done it before. Some of us may still do it. We have used God as a rabbit’s foot or a good luck charm for our own personal gain, win, or power. Because we are smart, we understand that we do not deserve free gifts, so we try to behave better. We try as hard as we can to refrain from sin in the days (or hours) leading up to competition and then we pray that God would bless us for being so amazing. It would actually be funny if it were not true. The fact that it is true is what makes it so tragic. The beauty of the gospel is that God does not bless us based on our awesomeness, but on His. We don’t need to perform for God for Him to bless us. Jesus performed for us!
Matthew 7:11 tells us that If we who are evil know how to give good gifts to our children, how much more shall our Father who is in Heaven give good things to us who ask?
God is not a genie. He is not a lucky rabbit’s foot. He is King. He is Savior. He is Father. Ask what you want of Him on the basis of who He is, not who you are.