The gifts Jesus has given us so far include rest, healing, job security, and love. Next, we reach into the treasured bag that our Savior has given us and pull out a coin labeled OPEN DOORS. This gift, like the others, is offered to us so that we may experience the riches of God’s kingdom as we walk the earthly paths He has laid before us. To understand this piece of God’s grace, we need to start at 2 Corinthians 2:12 and look at the apostle Paul’s visit to a town called Troas.
He writes upon arrival that “the Lord had opened a door for me.” Paul had gone there to “preach the gospel of Christ” and testified to both his contemporaries as well as modern day believers that it is Jesus who paves the way on which our lives will travel. The Lord opened a door of opportunity for Paul and He is waiting to do the same for us. Two verses later, Paul proclaims further proof that God has us right where He wants us: “But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him.” (v.14)
This past week, I have felt the phrase least of these planted in my heart. Jesus says that whatever we do for one of the least of these (those who are hungry, thirsty, strangers, need clothes, sick, or in prison), we do for Him. Just a sample of chapters 8-20 of Matthew’s gospel shows us that Jesus healed a man with a skin disease, gave sight to four blind men, exorcized demons from two men, a boy and a girl. Those nine people were the ‘least’ in their society, but Jesus saw all of them as important. What a glorious Savior we have that leads us as only the Good Shepherd can.
How does this connect to the gift of open doors of opportunity? I see open doors, not as man-made physical barriers of wood or metal, but God-made people–human beings made in the image of the Creator! Specifically, people who are hungry, thirsty, and in need of the Savior.
Back to Paul. After his Damascus road experience, where he literally got knocked off his high horse, his sole purpose was to share the gospel. He desired more than anything to walk through the open doors (of people’s hearts) and leave them the gift of the knowledge of Jesus Christ. Paul was sold out for Jesus. Jesus gave his life for all. Realizing that everything we do should point people to Christ, open doors are a beautiful sight to behold and treasure.
It’s amazing and exciting to realize that Jesus wants us, calls us, to be vessels (jars of clay) that hold the light, His light, which sweeps away the shadows of sin and guides people from every nation and tongue to a personal relationship with Him. Through open doors, we have have the opportunity to share the Light of the world with the world. What a gift.
Jesus says in Revelation 3:20 that He stands at the door of our hearts and knocks. “If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come eat with him, and he with me.” Did you catch that? Remember that one of the ‘least’ are those that are hungry. When we trust Jesus as our Savior and repent, He satisfies all of our hunger pains and cures us from the sickness of sin. We finally cross over from darkness into life.
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, remember what an exquisite vessel of God you are. Pray and receive the gift of open doors. Walk through them and make disciples of all the nations!