The God who opens doors!
I will remain at Ephesus until Pentecost, because a great door for valuable work has opened to me, and there are many who oppose me (1 Corinthians 16:8-9)
‘It’s not what you know but who you know’ How often have you heard that expression? Times may have changed, but in some areas of life it’s still probably the case that a friend in high places or a mention of the old college or university, or in some cases, an organization, can mean more than one’s qualifications and credentials. Put simply, knowing the right people opens doors. In the context of work, corruption and nepotism, it is a fact we may deplore, yet there is a sense in which this saying accurately describes the essence of being a Christian, for at its heart faith is not about what you know but who you know. We do not become a Christian from learning dogma or memorizing scripture but through a personal relationship with the living Christ.
The analogy, though, can be pushed further, as Paul’s words to the Corinthians makes clear. Commitment to Christ does not open doors to fame and fortune but it opens doors nonetheless. It brings opportunity for service and gateways into new experiences of his grace and power. It offers fresh avenues and new possibilities to explore, opening up directions that we may never have thought possible. What we may consider beyond us, Christ can equip us to meet. What we deem impossible he renders feasible. Where we see no means of entry he shows us the way through. Christian discipleship is not about arriving at a safe destination but about discovering doors into uncharted territory. We cannot open such doors on our own, but thankfully, we don’t have to; for us, more than anyone, it’s not about WHAT we know but WHO we know. Thank God for that!
Is God urging you to explore new opportunities for service? Is there something you feel called to do but see no way of achieving? Have you lost sight of God’s ability to open doors?
Perhaps this can be your prayer this week? “Gracious God, help me always to remember that you are able to transform situations in a way beyond my expectations, overcoming obstacles, offering strength, equipping with gifts and shaping circumstances to make the impossible become possible. Remind me of the innumerable ways you have acted across history, taking the most unlikely of people and using them in even unlikelier situations to make known your live and fulfill your purpose.
Save me, then, from closing my mind to the opportunities that you might present. Teach me, in my turn, to be alert to your call and ready to respond wherever you might lead, to the glory of your name. In Christ’s name I ask it, Amen (Nick Fawcett)
Shalom to you my friend,