AN OPEN DOOR

Scripture Reading: Revelation 3:7-13

“I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know you have but little power and yet you have kept My word and have not denied My name.” (Revelation 3:8)

What an encouraging message this must have been to the people who belonged to the church at Philadelphia — “Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut.” The open door is the wonderful opportunity to spread the gospel. Paul spoke of open door opportunities that had been given to him — “Now when I came to Troas for the gospel of Christ and when a door was opened for me in the Lord…” (II Corinthians 2:12). “Praying at the same time for us as well, that God may open up to us a door for the word, so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ, for which I have also been imprisoned” (Colossians 4:3). “And when they had arrived and gathered the church together, they began to report all things that God had done with them and how He had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles” (Acts 14:22).

In the eyes of the world the church at Philadelphia had little power, but God put before it an open door which no one could shut. The believers in Philadelphia had kept God’s word and they did not deny the name of Christ in spite of persecution. Christ honored them by giving them an open door for the spread of the gospel.

I believe God continues to set open doors to those who are faithful to Him. We are living in one of the most difficult periods of history that I have ever known. The polarization is great in our country politically and racially. Covid-19 has changed our world. People are afraid and uncertain. I believe God is opening a door for His people to share the hope, love, and grace of Jesus Christ. Let’s not miss this opportunity to tell others about our Savior. We have had so much bad news lately. People need good news and we have the good news of the gospel to share. The door has been opened for us. Let’s be faithful to our calling to be ambassadors for Christ.

Lord Jesus, thank You for the open door that You have set before us. Let us be bold in proclaiming the good news of the gospel to people who desperately need hope and encouragement.

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