Beginning her sermon, Sarah talked of a time when she left the door to her car unlocked overnight, and when she went to use it the following morning, she found that someone had slept in it. This person saw an opportunity and took it.
The God of the scriptures is very much a God of the open door, and He calls us to be on the constant look out for an opportunity. We need to be brave and step out in faith; we can’t just stay in our comfort zones.
We need to realise that God is the God of the open door.
Sometimes we find that God has closed the door, because life is about chapters and seasons, but the thing that we need to remember is that if God has closed a door, then He has done so because He wants to open a better one for us.
He closes doors for our safety and protection. He is kind enough to shut these doors, and we must thank Him for each and every one of these, because He is doing it because He loves us.
He opens and closes doors in order to lead us on. It says in Revelation 3:7-8 that He holds the keys of the door, but Jesus says that He is the door. No one can shut a door that He has opened, or open a door that He has shut.
An example of this is Paul, who was expecting God to open the doors to evangelism in a certain place, but God directed him to somewhere else.
This is something that we need to remember. It needs to be the right timing, place, setting, and people. He will only open the doors when the circumstances are right.
Sarah said that we must live our life with our hand on the door handle, ready for the opportunities that God has for us. We must always look for an open door.
We need to remember that doors are opened by the Lord, but that it is down to us to make the most of every opportunity (Colossians 4:2-6).
If we knock the door, then one of them will be opened. We must learn to not be stagnant, but to desire and expect great things.
The thing is that doors will open for us if we walk by faith. God will lead us to the doors that He wants to open for us. He opens our hearts first, and then He will open doors in our lives, and we must learn to trust Him and listen to His call on our lives.
Scriptures: Revelation 3:7-8, Colossians 4:2-6, 1 Corinthians 16:9