I have in my possession an important piece of history. It is a small piece of concrete that came from the Brandenburg Gate in East Berlin. This wall was torn down and the way between the two Germanys was open. One of my college professors gave it to me. Before the wall came down he used to go behind the iron curtain with gospel literature to minister in East Germany. It always was a very dangerous trip and we prayed much for our professor. Then there came the wonderful day when the wall came down and the door opened.
Jesus wrote to the church in Philadelphia in Rev. 3:7-13. He commended this faithful church and told them that He had set before them an open door and no man could shut it. In the scriptures open doors are often referred to as opportunities for ministry. Paul mentions to the Corinthians a great and effective door had opened to him (1 Cor. 16:9). The church in Philadelphia was given an open door to serve the Lord in their community. Jesus had opened up that door and no man could shut it. He encouraged them further by telling them why He had given them the open door. There were three things He commended them for. First they had a little strength. They didn’t need great ability or wonderful gifts but if they would use their little strength and combine it with His unlimited power great things could be accomplished. They were also commended for keeping His Word. They were faithful to hold firmly to the teachings of Christ. The third thing they were encouraged to hear from the Lord is that they had not denied Jesus’ name.
I wonder what doors of opportunity the Lord has set before us? Has our Lord opened a chance for you to speak to a neighbor about Christ? Is the door of an exciting new ministry beginning to open for you? May God give us the insight to see the open doors and the courage to go through them.
Pastor Stultz has been writing this weekly devotional for many years. In 2009, he published a compilation of devotionals in book form, also called Moments of Meditation