Open Doors

I kept on thinking about doors. This started when I happened to look up and saw a sky train passing by my office window. On it was a college advertisement stating “Doors Of Opportunity Will Open For You!” I could not shake it off from my mind so I prayed and did some reading and researching. I had to look at the concept of doors and opportunity in the Bible. When I am confused or bothered by something I always consult God and His words. Opportunity is an eleven letter word with five syllables. But what is the meaning of opportunity? According to Cambridge dictionary, opportunity is an occasion or situation that makes it possible to do something that you want to do or have to do, or the possibility of doing something. I once heard a sermon from one of the pastors of our denomination Seventh-Day Adventist Church. He said that life is an opportunity and that God sets before us open doors. That we need to recognize and and take steps toward these opportunities. And being in tune with the Holy Spirit is necessary to walking into these doors of opportunity. I searched for the most promising Bible verse about open doors and I found it in the Book of Revelation chapter 3 on verse 8, the message to the church of Philadelphia. It says, “ I know your works. See I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name.” This was Jesus Christ talking. The Lord says, “ I have set before you an open door. No man can shut it.” But it does not say, “ and I am pushing you to walk inside the door…”. God opens a door before us. But do we know what that means? We have got to decide whether we are going through the door or not. And all through life, God gives us open doors of opportunity. He gives all of us different abilities and we just need to recognize how and when to reach, embrace and take those steps and walk into these open doors. Life is filled with these doors which are open but sometimes, most of the time we are not aware of them because we are not in tune with the promptings of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is responsible in giving us guidance to recognize and embrace these opportunities and walk through these open doors. And so I kept praying everyday and searched His words to help me recognize the meaning behind this “Doors of Opportunity Will Open For You” advertisement. The following month I was asked by my manager to work on a new portfolio. A door of opportunity opened for me. At first I was doubting if this will work out fine because I have no previous experience regarding the portfolio. It was not easy and it felt like I was groping trying to find my way around. But I have this faith and I always believe that I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Within a couple of weeks I learned all the things that I had to learn and moved on faster than I thought I could. It dawned on me that the advertisement was God’s way of telling me it is time for me to step into this door, embrace the wind of change and break away from the monotony. A whole new world opened up for me. I was and is still thankful for having the courage to walk into this new door. If we spend time in prayer and we ask God everyday for His Holy Spirit to guide and direct us, and we spend time reading and studying His words, we will recognize quickly when doors of opportunity open up for us. And these doors of opportunity can be opening up for us and leading us for all sorts of reasons. It could be helping us with some job opportunity that will help us more with our finances, or probably an opportunity to start a new project which will make us happier and more fulfilled or can bring out the best in ourselves. Or help more people in need. I remembered Horace’s carpe diem phrase which means “seize the day”. We are given 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. Everyday we have opportunities, to step into these doors not only for ourselves but to do something for God and for the rest of humanity. But we miss many of them most of the time. Time is the stuff that life is made of and we have been given these open doors of opportunity. This life is an opportunity. I believe that we are here, we are alive because we have a purpose to fulfill. Open doors of opportunity are everywhere everyday for us to serve God and share Christ’s good news of salvation. We need to recognize these open doors and walk through them with faith and do something for God. When we do something for God we are also doing something for our fellow human beings. It is written in Matthew chapter 25 verse 49, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did it for Me.” But what about trials and crisis in life? Are we to turn our backs from these kind of doors? Again the answer is, to always pray everyday for the Holy Spirit’s guidance, for wisdom and discernment. A trial or crisis is also an opportunity. We need to see them in a different light that these are stepping stones and not stumbling blocks. There was this quote from Albert Einstein. He said, “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” What we call hindrances or obstacles or discouragements are probably God’s doors of opportunity or “Blessings in Disguise”. And lastly, a living dog is better than a dead lion. And what about it? This means that we all have got these opportunities right now. Jesus has set an open door for us, a door of everlasting life and the door is still before us. No man can shut it, but some of us may neglect to go through it. We need to seize this opportunity and step into this door. We have this chance. All we need is to pray for the Holy Spirit to lead us so we will recognize this one most important open door and walk through it with faith and courage.

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