An open door intrigues me. My curiosity always gets the best of me, and I want to look at what’s behind it. It amounts to nothing most of the time, but sometimes you get a pleasant surprise. God will open a door that he wants us to walk through. He has our best interests at heart and wants us to take our next step of faith.
I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.
John is writing to the church in Philadelphia. They are a struggling church and are worn out over the battle to follow Christ and make him known. Jesus is letting them know that he sees their works and they are not forgotten. Most people’s discouragement comes from feeling alone and being exhausted from the daily grind of life. Isn’t it good to know that God sees our good works?
What made this church stand out from the other six was that they were a church full of love. They spent their energy on the right things, serving one another. The world has fed us this lie that your life is full of energy and purpose if you love others. The truth is that loving others is exhausting and can be unrewarding. When you help others, they often don’t return the love or even say “thank you.” That is why we need to be full of the Spirit so that our love is unconditional.
An Open Door
Because of their faithfulness to serve and their commitment to God’s Word, a door has been opened that no one could shut. An opportunity was made available that was only possible through the miraculous work of our loving Savior. Nothing the world could do could close that door. When God opens these doors, we need to walk through them. That door may open when we least expect it and have little strength to go through, but we need to be faithful and follow Him. You won’t regret it, and it will open a whole new world of opportunity.