“To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.” Revelation 3:7,8
I absolutely love learning before inspiring speakers, partly because it is my desire to breathe life into people that way and to me there is something profound about hearing stories and testimonies that speak of God’s amazing heart for us. I remember Joyce Meyer once saying we will have all tests but not everyone will have a testimony, it depends if we learn from what we experience. Some people just have the moanies! So if someone is speaking about their stories, you know they have received enough redemption at least to share what God has done and have some kind of awareness that they are broken people God has touched. I was very privileged to sit under the teachings of John Ortberg last week at a leadership conference. It felt like I was breathing deeply for the first time in ages.
He was teaching on the passage above and talking about open doors, how God is the God of open doors. It is by His grace that we are given them. He spoke about open doors being opportunities and not guarantees, that God is more concerned about the person I become than the circumstances I inhabit. It is very easy for me to get caught up in my circumstances, especially when they are difficult, than to keep my eyes on Him and trust that He has it all worked out for my good. Pastor Ortberg also said that no open door will mean life is easy on the other side. My favorite statement he made was that every moment comes with an open door and we can choose whether or not we will make a heavenward investment. This talk reminded me that we are blessed to be a blessing. An open door is never just about me but what we choose can be an investment for heaven and our doors can count for eternity.
I am learning a lot about generosity these days, there are always open doors to do that. Anne Frank said, ” No one has ever become poor by giving.” Generosity is an open door choice. Ask God for more awareness of the open door opportunities and how you can go and bless others with your time, love, talent, gifts, finances, presence, ears or whatever is needed. I guarantee that you will be blessed in the process and God guarantees that you will be blessed for eternity. The smallest blessing is significant to the tapestry of heaven.
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21
John Ortberg author of Soul Keeping & If you Want to Walk on Water, You Have Got to Get Out of the Boat along with other titles. http://www.johnortberg.com/