Most of the Apostle Paul’s writings to the church of Corinth are relevant to the church of today. A passage that especially resonates, speaks of a door mentioned in I Corinthians 16:9. In this verse Paul wrote, “...for a great and effective door has opened to me and there are many adversaries.” Vividly, Paul describes the ‘door of opportunity’ with emphasis, though he acknowledges the presence of adversaries. He foresees this important challenge as one worthy enough to warrant remaining in Ephesus, despite any opposition.
Today’s Church faces a similar time in which God is challenging the people of God to courageously and boldly walk through the doors of opportunity that are opened. Just as the entrance of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, there is the “open” Door of Humility for all who choose to enter. This small, rectangular door requires all who enter, regardless of height or size, to bend down as they walk through.
On bended knee and with hearts of reverence, God is waiting to meet us in prayerful preparation for entrance through current and future doors of opportunity. Together, with the Holy Spirit, we shall have the strength, direction and wisdom to move forward. It is with this assurance of Divine Presence that we can humbly seize the opportunities ahead...May God forever remind us that ‘bending down in prayer and supplication’ prepares us to recognize and advance through doors of opportunity, despite the presence of adversaries!
Published on Thursday, June 27, 2019 @ 4:04 PM EDT