The concept of an “open door” can mean many things. In some cases, it is a most welcome thing; especially if that door was previously locked or secured in some manner. An open door means I have access to what is on the other side.
In some cases, however, the open door may seem daunting, as is often the case if the door leads to the unknown. Sometimes, if what is on the other side is unfamiliar and potentially uncomfortable territory, we hesitate or even are reluctant to walk through the door which has been opened for us.
Whenever Jesus opens a door for us, it is ALWAYS for a reason according to His plan. We must always remember that Paul declares in Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” God’s purpose and plan for us is always perfect. Although sometimes we cannot see the goodness in His plan while we are going through it, we must believe that in the end, God will work it out for us.
God executes His plan in our lives by using these doors to control our pace. Closed doors keep us from running ahead of God and his plan for us personally. We must stay where we are, and accomplish what God needs for us to accomplish before we move on. Think about when you were in school. You could not move on to High School until you’ve learned all the lessons from Middle School. The truth of the matter is that you will need all the lessons from the previous grade in order to function in the next grade. And in Gods Kingdom, unlike in school, there are no “social promotions”. God will allow you to repeat the lessons until you’ve learned what you needed to learn to accomplish His plan. Just like school, at some point you will be expected to apply what you have learned in real life situations. God expects no less from His children.
The wonderful thing about the declaration of Jesus:
I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. (Rev 3:8)
The wonderful thing is the word “SET”. When God sets a door open, no one can close it. Whether it is a door to healing of sickness, recovery from a bad situation, or best of all, another level to the ministry that God has given you, the open door is there. Don’t be afraid to walk through. Consider:
- · I know thy works – Like an instructor, God has put tasks before us, and He knows how we’ve handled them. We must strive to accomplish His tasks in a way that is pleasing to Him
- · I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it – Since you did the work well, it’s time to be promoted. Jesus will open the door and no man can shut it. Regardless of how others feel about it, what God has for you, it is for you!
- · for thou hast a little strength, – What you have gone through has built you up enough to handle what is on the other side of the door. God was preparing you.
- · and hast kept my word – Through everything on this side of the door, you stayed faithful to God and to His word. We have a responsibility to stay strong for God so we can show the world that His Word is perfect.
- · and hast not denied my name – Tell me who can stand before us when we call on that great name!!!! the Name of the Lord is a strong tower. (Prov 18:10) And at the Name of Jesus, every knee should bow and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord!! (Phil 2:10) For there is no other Name given under heaven by which we must be saved. (Acts 4:12)
Go through that open door that God has set. Be not afraid, for the Lord is with you.