Faces on Faith: Opening and closing doors
Have you ever stopped to consider how many times each day you open or close a door? I’ve never counted, but I know I open and close the refrigerator door more often than I should! What other doors impact our days?
Biblically there are many references to open and closed doors. Jesus says in Mathew 6:6 that if we want to pray, “go into your room, shut the door and pray to the God who is unseen. Then your Father who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” Conversely, as we travel the road of faith, we are encouraged to open new doors. In Revelation 3:20 the risen Jesus speaks to the church in Laodicea: “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock, if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person and they with me.”
This brings to mind two things: First, the power of the open door is Amazing Grace. Grace is a gift; it is not earned or deserved. It is God loving us with no strings attached. Have we opened this door? To open it and keep it open can be life changing. Secondly, if we open the door and receive God’s gift of Grace, can we extend this gift to others. Jesus teaches the two great commandments: love God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength, and love our neighbor as ourselves. The point is to become an open door for others. Have we opened the door of our hearts to all people?
When my dad was 16 years old his stepfather threw his clothes on the porch and shut the door in his face. Banished! But my dad opened the door of his heart to Christ, and modeled unconditional love all his life. His life was an open door that impacted many people.
Today, I am grateful to the God who opened the door of unconditional love, and humbled by the love that continues to open doors.
The Rev. Larry L. Marshall is the pastor at the Captiva Chapel by the Sea.