S (Scripture): Colossians 4:2 Be devoted to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving. 3 At the same time pray for us too, that God may open a door for the message so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. 4 Pray that I may make it known as I should.
O (Observation): Paul closes his letter to the church in Colossae, again seeking prayer and God’s grace. This time, Paul remains faithful that God would open a door for him to walk through, so that he can continue to share the Gospel.
Paul knows that only through the grace of God can his ministry continue forward. And the best thing is that even though Paul is in chains, he knows that God can still open a door (maybe even literally : )
A (Application): In the life of a disciple, roadblocks will exist. Something will keep us from doing ministry. Sometimes that is an internal battle…sometimes external to us, (I.e. Our surrounding circumstances).
In any case, we don’t give up hope. (Technically, GOD doesn’t give up on US.). In the midst of our frustrations, God is active and aware, and wants us to experience breakthrough. And sometimes, that breakthrough can only come to us while faithfully watching for an open door.
Mike Breen, author of Leading Kingdom Movements, reminds us:
This isn’t blind hope. God has a proven track record of being faithful. And so when he speaks something to me and I act, I know he will take me from frustration to breakthrough.
Perhaps Paul had this concept in mind, waiting for an open door.
What door are you hoping to walk through?
I’m hoping for a door into campus ministry at Middle TN State University for us to begin some work with college students and professors. I thought the door had opened up, but still discerning.
P (Prayer): Lord, help me remain faithful to your call. Help me to see open doors all around me. Amen.