From Handbook to Scripture, Day 210
READING: MATTHEW 7
In this last portion of His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus exhorts us to examine ourselves when we are tempted to have a censorious attitude toward others. He invites us to ask, seek, and knock so that we will receive the things we need from our Father in the heavenlies. He encapsulates the Law and the Prophets in His commandment to treat people the same way we want them to treat us.
Jesus brings this sermon to a climax when He urges his listeners not merely to hear, but to act upon His words. Only by entrusting ourselves to Him will we be founded on the rock.
Prayer: Lord, grant me the grace to seek You, to enter through the narrow gate, and to build my house upon the rock of Christ.
Meditation passage: verses 1, 7–8, 12