|Today’s Scripture: And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. Revelation 3:7-8|
|The next time you are at an amusement park or fair, watch people get off of a ride that spins really quickly. They will usually stumble for a few steps because their vision is a little disoriented. Because they are disoriented, they sometimes bump into things and can even walk into a wall!
Have you ever seen someone walk into a wall unexpectedly? It is really funny (unless you do it).Usually it is because the person has lost their focus and doesn’t see it-even though it is clearly visible.
A wall is an obstacle that usually cannot be avoided by simply walking around it; you must go through it. What is the best way to walk through a wall? The obvious answer is to open a door.
Jesus addressed the church of Philadelphia saying that He was the One Who opens and shuts doors. He had opened a door for the church because they had kept His Word and stayed true to Him. Even though they had little strength to overcome the obstacles in their way, Christ had opened a door through those obstacles because of their service to Him.
The church of Philadelphia knew that they couldn’t serve God in their own strength; they needed God to empower them. It’s up to us to serve Him faithfully, but we must remember God is the One Who gives the increase (1 Corinthians 3:6).
Unlike the physical world where we will stumble if we don’t see the wall, in the spiritual world, we will stumble if we are looking at the wall. It does us no good to look at the obstacles in our Christian life and wonder how we will make it past them. We need to look to our Savior because He is the One Who can open the doors in those walls.
It should be our goal to be like the church of Philadelphia. God commended them for their works and had no rebuke for them. Don’t allow yourself to be disoriented or distracted. Stay focused on the Lord, and He will open the doors.
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.