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HOPE IN THE HEARTLAND: Looking for doors

Gracepoint Church, Peabody

What’s a door for?

You roll your eyes and say, “Well, duh. A door provides a passageway from one room into another.” I grin. “Is that all?” You nod, confident that you’ve exhausted the possible definitions. “I’m sorry, but that’s incorrect,” I announce.

The word “door” usually means what you said it means. However, there are occasions in the Bible when it has another very exciting definition, and that definition is “opportunity.” For instance, Paul wrote to the Colossian believers and said, “pray for us, that God will open up to us a door for the word, so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ …” (Colossians 4:3).

In Acts 14:27, Paul and Barnabas reported to the church in Antioch how God had “opened a door of faith to the Gentiles.”

Christians are to be ready for opportunities to share the gospel. Those opportunities come at times that we don’t expect or often plan for, but we’re to be prepared to tell about the faith and hope that is in us. If God opens the door of opportunity for you today, would you know what to say?

Last modified July 25, 2012

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