“…I have set before you an open door…” Revelation 3:8
Did you ever wonder about the meaning of words? Words can be very fascinating! A word could be pronounced the same although spelled differently and the meaning is totally different. Then there are some words that there is no doubt as to their meaning and how they are spelled.
However, a word such as “door” could have more than one meaning depending how it is used. The first image that comes to mind is a moveable structure used for opening and closing an entrance, but it can also be a symbol—which can be easily overlooked. As a symbol, it symbolizes the transition and passageway from one place to another, perhaps as moving from a place of hopelessness to hope.
You haven’t been able to open the door, you don’t have the key—you’ve looked and looked and cannot find it. Then one day almost miraculously, you look and there is a crack in the opening and light is coming through. Cautiously, you lean forward and peak through. You give the door a little push and it opens a little farther. There are people in there and a strange sound comes forth. It is the sound of their voices—there is music and laughter and singing and much chitter-chatter, you want to join them. But, to walk through this door you must have faith—that is the key.
I saw a young—twenty or thirty something—young lady. She entered the hall and asked if she could sit at a certain table. When she was told, “Of course she sat, smiled, and the people at the table introduced themselves. However, the music was too loud to be able to carry on a conversation. This young lady seemed to want to blend in with the crowd. Soon she was mouthing the words of the songs. The Spirit began to work and she forgot about herself and allowed the Lord to fill her with His Spirit. This young lady had walked through the door from a hopeless to a hope-filled life. You see, Jesus is the door—He is the open door. You, too, can come in and sit and dine with him—all you need to do is believe.
Don’t be afraid to open the door. Jesus is knocking on the door of your heart, asking you to open it and let Him in. (Revelation 3:20) Unlock the door, have faith, and never look back. Forget about what lies behind and press forward to what lies ahead. (Philippians 3:13, 14) Each door that opens will bring you closer to the life for which God has created you.
Holy Scripture as quoted in “If I Live,” by Terri Blackstock, published by Zondervan; “If I Run Series” Book 3
Seek God’s kingdom first (Matthew 6:33); love because you’re loved (John 13:34); overflow with hope by trusting in God (Romans 15:13). “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things. (Philippians 4:8)
Dear Lord, remind me daily—every moment—that You love me. In Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN
Have faith until you believe, then have faith because you believe.
“Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved…”
John 4:24 2 Corinthians 3:17 Psalm 34:8