Rev.3:8 – I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it…
I was praying on the last day of the year in 2017 and I kept hearing this verse of scripture in my heart, “I have set before you an open door”. One of the beautiful things about the Word of God is that it is alive and active. That means that it speaks specifically to us; it also means that it applies to many people and circumstances in our lives. In other words, the Word of God can have many applications in our lives. The first thing I thought of when I heard this verse was that the Lord is giving us fresh access into His heavenly places. I know we always have access into His presence by faith in His blood, but sometimes there are open doors for more of heaven itself in our lives. I believe we are moving into one of those seasons. Here is an interesting comment from Albert Barnes on today’s verse.
“He had given them the most unlimited privileges. The temple of salvation was thrown open to them; the celestial city was accessible; the whole world was before them as a field of usefulness, and anywhere, and everywhere, they might do good, and at all times they might have access to the kingdom of God.”
Open your heart wide as we begin this new year. Expect fresh outpourings and infusions of His glory. This verse also speaks to open doors of fruitful ministry. There are clearly distinct seasons of harvest from the Lord. I believe that is what the Lord is saying, He is giving an open door of fruitful ministry in this season. Here are some thoughts from john Gill on today’s verse.
“This “open door” may design an uncommon opportunity of preaching the Gospel; and a very great freedom of mind in the preachers of it, and great attention in the hearers, whose hearts will be opened to observe, receive, and embrace it; and a very large gathering in of souls to Christ, and his churches; much and frequent preaching of the word with great success, which it will not be in the power of any creature to stop or hinder: now will the abundance of the sea, the forces of the Gentiles flow in, and the nation of the Jews shall be born at once…”
I love those seasons of harvest. Engage in ministry, walk through the open doors of opportunity. This may be a time of unprecedented harvest in the kingdom of God.