Monday, June 19, 2017

Open Doors

Encouragement for your daily walk with God 

Paul was committed to God’s mission, so he passionately reached his world with the Gospel. As a slave to God, he said to Titus, “I have been sent to proclaim faith to those God has chosen…”  His passion and determination proved effective. Many lives were transformed through the influence of this man and his ministry team. And, honestly, his influence is still impacting people today. 

He demonstrated what Jesus had instructed His followers to do: “…make disciples of all the nations,” instructing them to observe everything Christ commanded [Matthew 28.19]. God certainly was with Paul and enabled him to do his part in the divine mission.  

Without the aid of the Internet, radio and TV, Twitter, FaceBook, or even a blog, Paul trained others to share the truth of Scripture. Even with limited means, he was effective because he took his mission seriously, and went after it with all his heart.

God has not rescinded His mission. The effective door of opportunity that Paul had is open for us too. We have been tasked with telling the nations about redemption through Christ’s blood and resurrection. And, compared with Paul, we have communication capabilities far beyond anything he could have imagined, which provide worldwide access. How tragic, then, that we get too busy and fail to obey God’s command!

I think we are on the brink — a critical moment in the history of the church. Doors of opportunity are wide open to share the Good News through a variety of ways. As true Christ followers, we are under orders to carry out the Great Commission of Christ. Let’s get busy. And be careful that neither the cares of life nor apathy keeps us from obedience.

But I will stay on at Ephesus until Pentecost, because a great door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many who oppose me.  1 Corinthians 16.8-9

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