Ask and it shall be given you. – Mt. 7:7

We know of a place in England still existing where a portion of bread is served to every passerby who chooses to ask for it. Whoever the traveller may be, he only has to knock at the door of St. Cross Hospital and there is the bread for him. Jesus Christ so loves sinners that He has built a St. Cross Hospital, so that whenever a sinner is hungry, he has only to knock and have his needs supplied.

No, He has done better. He has attached to this hospital of the cross a bath, and whenever a soul is black and filthy, it has only to go there and be washed. The fountain is always full, always effective. No sinner ever went into it and found that it could not wash away his stains. Sins which were scarlet and crimson have all disappeared, and the sinner has been made whiter than snow.

As if this were not enough, there is also attached to this hospital of the cross a wardrobe, and a sinner when making application simply as a sinner, may be clothed from head to foot, and if he wishes to be a soldier, he may not merely have a garment for ordinary wear, but armor which shall cover him from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. If he asks for a sword, he shall have that given to him, and a shield too. Nothing that is good for him shall be denied him. He shall have spending money as long as he lives, and then shall have an eternal inheritance of glorious treasure when he enters into the joy of the Lord.

If all these things are to be had by merely knockng at mercy’s door, O my soul, knock hard this morning, and ask large things of your generous Lord. Leave not the throne of grace until all your needs have been spread before the lord, and until by faith you have a comfortable prospect that they shall be supplied. No bashfulness need hinder when Jesus invites, no unbelief should hinder when Jesus promises, and no cold-heartedness should restrain when such blessings are to be obtained.

C. H. Spurgeon

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