"I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it" (Rev. 3:8).
This prophecy concerning the church at Philadelphia doubtless looks forward to a future day. Just a little later we find in Revelation 4:1, what many believe could be a fulfillment of that prophecy: "After this I looked, and behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter." But who can deny that Revelation 3:8 contains a lesson for our day?
In Sunday school we are studying "Finding Your Ministry". When, in our walk through life, God sets before us open doors of opportunity, He clearly intends us to enter them. The only way to avoid entering an open door set before us would be to deliberately sidestep the opportunity. Sadly, how prone we are to do this! Indeed, we often pray God for open doors when He has already set them before us.
Paul thanked God for open doors. Acts 14:27: "And when they were come, and had gathered the church together, they rehearsed all that God had done with them, and how He had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles."
The open doors did not always lead to a pleasant environment for Paul, but he entered with God's help. I Cor. 16:9: "For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries."
Let's learn to pray: "Lord help us see the open doors you have already set before us; opportunities now, and pray for more of those opportunities. But help us not to be selective, but accept the work you call us to. For we know that you always mean it for our good, no our best."
God bless you and yours today, and throughout this day, know that you are loved!!!