“Behold, I have put before you an open door” -Revelation 3:8

We are all, by nature,creatures of habit,easily lulled into complacency. However, God wants more from us so He nudges us forward, compelling us to change and to see the world through His eyes.As He does this, He reveals new opportunities to grow in Jesus Christ and share Him with others. He brings people and situations to our awareness, opening doors for the ministry of the Gospel. These are open doors of obedience to God’s plan.  In the first three chapters of Revelation, Jesus, speaking through the Apostle John, exhorts and rebukes the seven churches in Asia. Of these, the church in Philadelphia receives a commendation: “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” (Revelation 3:8). Jesus knew that this church was weakened by continual attacks from unbelieving and hostile Jews. Even so, they were faithful to God. Jesus could have said, “Take a breather. Strengthen yourselves for the fight.” Instead, He pointed them to an open door of opportunity that only He could open and shut”.He challenged them to stand firm and to seize opportunities provided by the open door. Today,Jesus presents open doors of opportunity for you to be able to walk through. No matter how tired, weak, or overwhelmed you may be,you must be willing to walk through the open doors of opportunities that Jesus provides for you in order to get all that God has for you.

Jesus could have said that the sufferings of this church were enough. Instead, He indicated that His grace was sufficient to meet their  challenges. Be comforted today knowing that any opportunity that Jesus provides for you will include the grace that you will need to meet any challenges. Each of us have been given an open door. But often to get to the new open doors of opportunity,God wants you to first be faithful to the work that He has already entrusted to you to do. God has given us many points of contact with others-through our jobs, our family, in our community, our neighborhood, or even our church-to make Him known. These are open doors.

We each have special talents and experiences that God has allowed us to have-so that we can reach those people He intends us to influence for their good and His glory. Every one of us were each made for a purpose in God’s kingdom. If this purpose does not come immediately to your mind, begin by looking at the spiritual gifts described in Romans 12:6-8. These gifts are listed as prophesying, serving, teaching, encouraging, contributing to the needs of others, leadership, and showing mercy.When you are faithful where God has already open past doors, then God will give you many  new open doors which are opportunities to serve Him through the spiritual gift or gifts He has given you. We encourage you to respond first to those opportunities that Jesus presents to you that are in keeping with your gifts,and God will soon reveal specific situations that you can get involved in  that will reward you for using your God given gifts.

No matter what you do, don’t ignore your open doors of opportunity that Jesus is constantly providing for you. Don’t let procrastination or indifference steal your time. Instead, seek God’s strength as you step forward in to all that God has for you. When you embrace your God-given opportunities in obedience, you will see God’s glory in your life-and in the lives of others this Year like you never have before!