When our recent home remodeling eliminated the door in this photo, I grabbed it for re-purposing, thinking it would make wonderful yard art for my back yard. But that door soon took on a deeper meaning.
There are doors we enter and doors we exit. We’ll find open doors and closed doors. But which doors should we open that will contribute most to our success as a Christian? I thought of at least five kinds of doors (and there are so many more) we all need and want in our lives.
And when you get to the end of this blog, I need you to help me complete this yard art project in my back yard. Here are five doors you need to open or walk through in life:
Open Doors of Worship
God loves our worship. When we walk through that door, God looks forward to opening more doors: doors of fellowship, doors of intimacy, doors of His faithfulnesss in our lives. Worship God if you want the best; worship opens doors to all his goodness (Psalm 34:9, MSG).
Open Doors of Power and Wisdom
Jesus’s words on the heels of the Beatitudes don’t promise we’ll get anything we want if we just pray. But we will find power and wisdom to know how to live those attitudes of the Christian life if we’ll just ask. And when we ask continually according to His will and in His name, to bring Him glory, not ourselves, Jesus will open that door of answered prayer to us. “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7, NIV).
Open Door of Salvation and Faith
I’ve heard others say there are many roads and doors to salvation. But the Bible is clear about the narrow door that leads to Him (Luke 13:24). Jesus is the door–the only way to salvation. Before He opens any other doors for us, we must walk through this one by faith. It is a door not only of salvation, but of protection and blessing. “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture (John 10:9, KJV).
Open Doors of Fellowship (or Relationship)
This verse, often quoted as a promise to unbelievers, was really written for Christian believers who recognize the changing times of apostasy. They will continue to find fellowship, relationship, and intimacy with God if they will open the door to Jesus as He knocks. “Look! I have been standing at the door, and I am constantly knocking. If anyone hears me calling him and opens the door, I will come in and fellowship with him and he with me (Revelation 3:20, TLB).
Open Doors of Opportunity
Life is short–like a fog that soon clears away. God wants us to take advantage of every door of opportunity that He opens while we can. When we listen, remaining in His love as we choose to give Him glory in all things, we’ll know what doors of opportunity He has designed for us and which ones should remain closed. When the end of the Age draws near, hearts will grow cold and evil will spread. Jesus is coming again! Share Christ while there is still time. Pray for open doors for yourself and for others to make His name and His message known. Serve Him willingly and joyfully in big and little ways. “Remember him before the door to life’s opportunities is closed and the sound of work fades (Ecclesiastes 12:4, NLT). “And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ (Revelation 3:8, NIV).
My Personal Prayer for You
Lord Jesus, You have designed our lives so well. You know exactly what we need and what doors we need to open or enter. Show us those doors. Make clear Your will and Your path for us. Guard us from selfishness or pride. Help us to walk through the door of faith and trust You with every detail of our lives. Nothing will give us more pleasure than to know we are walking with You, giving You glory in everything we do.
Another Door I Re-purposed
Here is another door I saved and re-purposed from the remodeling of our house to make my potting bench complete. But the one I need your help with is the door in the first photo above. I love having reminders in my garden that turn my thoughts toward Jesus! He’s also the Potter!
I Need Your Help
I mentioned earlier I needed your help regarding the door I used as yard art in the first photo above. When I look at that door, I’ll remember these five doors above. But I also want to paint a Scripture phrase on the glass portion of the door in my yard–one that reminds me of the reason for my gardens: to bring Him honor and praise, to provide a quiet sanctuary for time with Jesus, to “paint” a place of beauty that points to the Creator of them all. What verse (needs to be fairly short) would you suggest I use?