By Troy Campbell, Pastor of New Life City Church, Kansas City, Missouri
Lord, thank you for the life-changing power of your Word. Help me to obey your Word, so that my ways may please you and lead others to you.
“I know what you do; I know that you have a little power; you have followed my teaching and have been faithful to me. I have opened a door in front of you, which no one can close.”
As I was growing up in Minnesota, a highlight of every summer was a trip to watch the Minnesota Twins play baseball in the Metrodome.
Often at the end of the game, the staff would open up multiple doors in a row for the fans to exit. Due to the air pressure used to hold up the dome, there was a vacuum effect that was strong enough to blow off one’s hat. Additionally, while the air was flowing and the people were moving through the doors, it was impossible for an individual to close those doors.
When I think of the message in our verse today, from Jesus to the church in Philadelphia, I think of a similar effect. Jesus had opened a door for the church to move forward in faith and they would not be defeated. They had suffered persecution at the hands of non-believing Jews for their faith in Christ, but they remained faithful to Jesus’s teachings.
It seems that the Philadelphian Church accomplished much, despite their size and or available resources. They persevered through great opposition and God rewarded them with great opportunity to carry out effective ministry. Like them, we should remain faithful to God’s work even when we face opposition. Those to whom we preach might reject our message, and might consider us outcasts, but they do not have the final word. If we persevere, we will not be defeated.
To be faithful to our own call to step through open doors, we must pray boldly, trust fully and obey God’s Word. As we pray about open doors, we should ask God to bring people into our path who need Jesus. Ask for “eyes to see” the opportunity. After we pray and our faith has been strengthened, we must then obey. Today’s verse reminds us that the church in Philadelphia had “little power,” but they obeyed God’s Word and did not deny Jesus.
Our faith is strengthened when we spend time in the Scriptures, reading stories about the gospel being spread through open doors; when we listen to testimonies of victory; and when we rejoice with other Christians who faithfully walk through open doors.
With God’s help, you and I can walk through open doors, in obedience.
Identify possible “open doors” and your “steps of obedience.” Pray for God to give you at least one opportunity every day to share your faith. And hang on to your hat, because when God opens doors, no one can shut them.
Lord, please open my eyes to see and give me courage to step through open doors.