In Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, he was giving instruction to Timothy about some church issues, when all of a sudden he says, “For a great door and opportunity is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries”. 1st Corinthians 16:9.
According to history, he was in Ephesus at the time of this writing and he remained there for three years establishing a church. I guess the thing that I find interesting about this verse, is that Paul responded to the open door without hesitation. Once God provided that opening, Paul walked through and never looked back. He even knew that there would be adversities facing him, but that didn’t stop him from going. Somehow, the calling to walk through the door was greater than the challenges he would have to face on the other side of the door.
I believe that God still opens doors of opportunities and gives us the option of walking through them. I’m not just talking about a city, although He still does that too, but I’m referring to open doors that are in God’s will for our lives and ministry. It’s a door to our own Ephesus. An opportunity to walk through and do what God has called us to do.
Make sure in your walk with God that you don’t miss the open doors. Those places of opportunity for you to step through and do the work and will of God. No matter how big or small the opening is or even how long you’re going to be there…just walk through. Don’t allow anything to keep you on this side of the door.
The enemy will try and tell you that you’re not talented enough to walk through the door, but let me remind you, that if God didn’t believe in you and your ministry, He would have never opened the door. So whatever you have to conquer to walk through, do it in Jesus name!!! Don’t let your fears or insecurities keep you stuck on this side of God’s open door for you.
I can assure you that you are going to face challenges and opposition when you walk through. But I will tell you, that even though I’ve personally had to deal with adversities after responding to the call of God, the excitement of what had been opened was much greater than whatever I had to face. God will give you power over every opposition that you will face, but never forget how blessed you are that you were given this opportunity.
There is so much more that I would love to write about on this subject, but I’m going to stop here. Let me end by giving you a list of things to remember this week about the door.
- Be aware when God opens a door.
- Don’t let anything keep you on this side of the door.
- Walk through that door.
- Know that you have power over the enemy as you walk through the door.
Now…where is your Ephesus?