Open Doors; January 9, 2019

Revelation 3:8 I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.

Every small, weak church would like this to be them! As came out a few days ago, the majority of the world’s churches aren’t very big, regardless of the impression secular media try to give. It’s interesting. On the one hand they try to portray the Church as this huge, threatening thing that is trying to control everything and squeeze all the fun out of life, and on the other hand they try to present it as something inconsequential that can safely be ignored. Of course, neither of those is at all a true picture, because they originate from the liar, the enemy of every human being whether we recognize it or not. There are big churches that are true to Christ and pleasing to Him, but size isn’t the issue; faithfulness is. We tend to become jealous of churches that seem “successful” to us, rather than seeking God as to what He wants us doing on a day-to-day basis. Just yesterday I saw a headline something like, “Church with many healing miracles sees explosive growth.” I didn’t stop to read the article. We are to rejoice when God does things like that, but not think God loves them more than He loves us. We are indeed to examine ourselves and see if there is anything in us that hinders the flow of the Spirit, but not be so introspective that we fail to make full use of the opportunities God gives us. (Ephesians 5:16, Colossians 4:5) God delights to give open doors to His children, as it says here. That’s another way of expressing what Jesus said in our Verse for the Year, Luke 12:32, where He talks about giving us the kingdom. It may seem like every door is closed, but if our focus is on Him rather than on our circumstances, we will discover that more doors are open than we had imagined.

Talk about a Word directly to me! The past two years have seen two major projects seem to fall through completely. Neither is impossible even now, but in my humanity I don’t see how. I need to focus on faithfulness, doing the task at hand as my sacrifice of praise to my Lord. (Colossians 3:17) I need to seek to recognize the opportunities He gives me so that I won’t miss any of the doors He is opening. At the same time, I’m not to go banging my head on closed doors. I have a tendency to get distracted, failing to follow through with things I know to do, for any of a number of reasons. None of those reasons are valid! Seeking first God’s kingdom applies to every decision of my life, every priority, every time allocation. If I will focus fully on my Lord and His kingdom, I will have no lack of open doors.

Father thank You for this Word. I certainly needed it! I do see lots of potential, but I have no wisdom in how to follow through. I see that You could be opening a door for ministry to children, but I have never felt proficient at such. At the same time, children tend to like me! Show me who is to participate in the ministry with me, what form it is to take, and when we are to start. Likewise, You are directing me to renew prayer walking, as of this morning. Help me be led fully by Your Spirit in that, so that demonic strongholds may be shattered and many set free. May indeed Your name be acknowledged as holy and Your kingdom come as Your will is done, for Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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