Our two dogs, when not sleeping, will sit and watch for my wife to come home. When they see her car pull into the driveway they will bark, spin in circles, run to the door and even scratch at it. They just can’t wait for me to open the door so they can go out and greet her. Even though I can’t seem to cure them of this behavior I have learned a lesson from our two anxious pugs. Perhaps all of us should learn to be excited for when God opens a door for us.
Paul spoke about his open doors of ministry several places in the New Testament. He says in 1 Cor. 16:8, 9: “But I will tarry in Ephesus until Pentecost, for a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries”. Even though he would face difficulties, God had given Paul opportunities to share the gospel with many people in that city. One time Paul asked people to pray for him even while he was chained in prison to open doors for him to share Christ. When he returned from a successful missionary journey he reported to the church in Antioch: “…all that God had done with them, and that He had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles” (Acts 14:27). God is in the business of opening doors of ministry for His servants. He wants us to take advantage of those opportunities to witness to the lost, to encourage the saints, and to spread everywhere His love. The trouble with many of us is that we are sleeping while the door is open. We are oblivious to the day to day opportunities that God brings our way.
The New Year is upon us. Along with it our Lord will bring across our path many opportunities for impacting people with the gospel of Christ. Door after door will be open before us. May we be so excited that we are spinning in circles. May we all have that can’t-wait anticipation that we too are just scratching at the door.
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