When he was writing the biblical book of Revelation the author (John the Apostle) “saw a door standing open.” Then a voice said ‘Come up here’” (Rev.4:1). Outside of mental illness, few of us hear voices from heaven but we do encounter open doors in life. These are doors of opportunity and possibilities even if they are not literal open doors that we see with our eyes. If you are a Christ follower you probably believe (like I do) that open doors can be evidences of God’s leading. In the past month I have talked with two friends who, like the first Christian missionary (Paul), have encountered “a wide open door for a great work” (Acts 16:9) that presents a huge opportunity. What can we conclude about open doors that apply to us and to the people with whom we work?
- Wide open doors are rare. Some people never see them. Think of Moses. His burning bush call was unique and unexpected.
- Open doors are rarely spectacular. They seldom appear like lightening bolts; more often they come as opportunities from other people or circumstances.
- These open doors are not always messages from God. Think about this.
- It is wise to be cautious about open door possibilities. Back off for a time. Pray for wisdom and discernment. Get the perspectives of a few trusted friends who will be honest.
- But don’t back off for too long. Open doors don’t stay open forever. A long period of no response is like closing the door.
- Often open doors are preceded by wilderness periods that can seem meaningless but later prove to be preparation times. Consider Moses in the wilderness.
- I have no proof for this but it seems that doors most often open to people who are engaged with other people and ideas, looking for opportunities.
- But often God’s open doors come unexpectedly to people who aren’t looking and who run when faced with a new challenge. Neither Moses nor David wanted to be leaders before they said “yes” reluctantly.
- We need to be careful lest our desires for success and opportunities lead us to imagine doors that are not really open or even there.
- Sometimes there is value in knocking on doors of opportunity or finding ways to open them.
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