posted Apr 17, 2012, 7:59 AM by Dale Barnes
“See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut.  I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.” (Rev.3:8 NIV)  These are the words of the Lord Jesus to the Philadelphia church in Asia minor. Yet it is so relevant today.

There is no moral reprimand to the church,  They had been faithful to walk in right ways they had been taught and had been firm in their testimony of Christ.  Yet, the Lord is giving them a challenge; a new door of opportunity of service; “I have placed before you an open door.”  They were being given a fresh challenge.  He also tells them that “I know you have little strength.”  Can you imagine being encouraged to serve in some special way; knowing your inability to perform it.  What were they to do to accept the challenge?  I believe it was a challenge to believe, trust God, that as they move through the door of service, God would give them the grace they need to get the job done.

The apostle John said, “This is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith.” (1Jn.5:4 NIV)  Faith is the conduit for the grace of God.  As we trust God and are willing to step out in his guidance (calling), it opens the faucet of Grace (God’s unmerited favor and ability), and God’s purpose, work, calling can be accomplished!  

Let’s not use the excuse that we can’t do God’s will.  Let’s not draw back in fear and be intimidated by the challenge, the open door, that which God has spoken to our hearts.  Let’s put our trust in God, take practical steps, and see what God will do.  He will be faithful!