“And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.” NIV
“…open up to us a door for the word.” NASU
A door is a two-way mechanism. It both grants an entrance and ushersan exit. Doors provide a way to new, next experiences and offer an escape when those experiences become unpleasant.
Locked doors offer security but may also imprison the soul. Sometimes doors are tightly bolted for way too long and opportunities on both sides are forever lost.
Paul asked his friends to pray that God would “open up… a door for the word”. He was speaking of political doors and spiritual doors and all doors in between. He had every intention of speaking the word of the gospel at all opportune moments. Paul was ready, willing, and able. All he needed was the open door. When the Lord asked, “Whom shall I send?”, like the prophet, Paul was eager to perform:
“Here am I. Send me.”
For Paul there was only one door… the door of opportunity. For me, there are two… my door and opportunity’s door. Paul’s words remind me that I can never enter the door of opportunity until I first exit my own.
“Open up… a door for the word.”
May God open for me many doors to share Jesus today in meaningful ways as I step through the one door that holds me back… my own.
Thanks to The Open Door Company, a consulting and marketing group from England, for the for the above artwork: http://www.theopendoorco.co.uk/.