A-S-K is a convenient acronym for Jesus’ instructions to everyone who is sincerely searching for truth:
Ask, Seek, Knock.
In Matthew 7:7-11, He says:
Ask, and it shall be given you;
seek, and ye shall find;
knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
For every one that asketh receiveth;
and he that seeketh findeth;
and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?
Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?
If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children,
how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask Him?
Today there are many problems in the world. Almost a million Americans have died of a new disease; wars loom in various areas, racial problems, environmental disasters, gun violence, economic turbulence causing poverty. But arguably the largest is simply that we do not seem to have one reliable source of guidance. Religious leaders are confused and often speak against each other, or worse, lead people astray in many ways.
We know that Christ promised that He would return. We see several indications that the end of the old age has come and we are now living in a new age, which sorely needs new guidance. And yet, our religious leaders do not encourage us to sincerely go out and search—ask, seek and knock. They would prefer that we should simply remain in place until some huge miracle occurs that everyone can easily see. But that was not the way things happened in Jesus’ day. It is not the way things happen today either.
Waiting was NOT what Jesus told us to do. He said we should, humbly and sincerely, ask, seek and knock. Be willing to make the effort. Then pray for God’s guidance and be open to new possibilities.
This is exactly what Zach and James have done in The Wise Men of the West.
Not content to sit and wait, they are willing to travel to the Holy Land and beyond, to ask anyone they meet, to seek, and to knock on new doors. And although they are fictional characters, what they discover is entirely non-fictional. It is something that has been gradually growing ever since that time—something that provides answers to the problems that bedevil the modern age.
Make the effort to knock, and the door shall be opened. Once opened, have the courage to step through it and into the realm of light.