Opening the Door

Do we ever make our dreams for success or accomplishment as God's purpose for us? Do we think that if we obey God will accomplish great things with our obedience?  His purpose may well be just the opposite.  God's end, His purpose for us IS the process of submitting our will to Him. It is today that He wants us to focus on.  Oswald Chambers said, "God's training is for NOW, not presently.  His purpose is for this minute, not for something in the future.   We have nothing to do with the afterwards of obedience; we get it wrong when we think of the afterwards.   What men call training and preparation, God calls the end. . . if we realize that obedience is the end, then each moment is precious."

Our obedience will accomplish great things.  Perhaps we will never see the repercussions of what our faith does.  Maybe God will give us a goal that He has no intention for us to personally reach.  There were missionaries who felt that they were to go and preach the word to an indigenous tribe in South America - but when they got there, they were slaughtered within days after arrival by the very people they were trying to bring the gospel to.  But when more missionaries, including their familes came - not to seek revenge, but to share God's love, the tribe who did the murdering came to Christ.  It is said that the church is a plant that is watered by the blood of saints.  Are we truly willing to shed our blood in order to bring God glory?

The Bible is full of ordinary people who went to impossible places and did wondrous things simply because they decided to obey God, even when others said "You can't do that." They weren't more qualified for their tasks then we are.  But they trusted God to open doors and give them the power the need in their situation.  Can we trust God to open doors that seem closed?  The doors God sets before us are much like grocery store entrances - they doors seem closed, but the minute you step up to them, they open.  God opens the door the minute we step up in faith.  But if we never take the step of faith, the doors will always be closed.

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