There it is.
The door to opportunity.
Hurry. Got to get there quickly.
Don’t know how long it’ll be open.
What, you always get there too late.
Just when you get there it slams in your face.
Let’s look at it another way. Let’s look at spiritual opportunity.
We tend to look at opportunity as something tangible. But think of it this way: spiritual opportunity leads to physical opportunity.
Jesus Opens Doors
In Revelation chapter 3 verse 7 Jesus says, “the words of the holy one, the true one, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, who shuts and no one opens.”
Jesus opens and shuts doors as He sees fit.
Keep in mind, Jesus died to sin for all… He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. 1 John 2:2 (ESV)
Jesus opens some doors for everyone, but only a few choose to walk through them.
He opens the door to the scriptures.
He opens the door to the Gospel.
He opens the door to the cross.
He opens the door to righteousness.
He opens the door to grace.
He opens the door to peace.
He opens the door to love.
Jesus Shuts Doors
Jesus shuts certain doors for those who choose to believe in Him by faith.
He shuts the door to Sin. Because of the cross we can walk away from sin.
He shuts the door to pride. Boasting in ourselves pulls the light away from God.
He shuts the door to selfishness. We go astray when we seek only for ourselves.
He shuts the door to self-direction. We lose our way when we attempt to go our own way.
This is a way to visualize what Christ does for us.
Imagine a long hallway with many doors.
When we as Christians walk down the hall
- The doors that lead to Him are open.
- The doors that take us away from Him a closed.
This is all good.
But when a non-believer walks down the hall the doors open to us close and the doors closed to us open.
God’s grace permits non-believers to change.
But God does keep many in darkness. Why? Because he can and chooses to do so to show His glory when H overcomes darkness.
What About You
Do you feel shut out to where you want to go? Could this be Jesus wanting a different direction for you?
Do you rejoice when Jesus opens doors for you?
Do you praise Him?
How else can we use the visual to help us in our discipleship?
When Jesus opens doors to spiritual opportunity how can disciples use it to take action?