Aug. 23, 2016

The Open Door - Conclusion

Instructions concerning the open door are found in Colossians 4:2-6. Wisdom is shared about how to have a door opened on your behalf, how to walk through it and how to keep it open.

This will open a door of opportunity on your behalf:

4:2 Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;

Verse 2 – Be consistent in prayer (sincere, diligent, committed) and watch in prayer (alert, intent, focused) and be thankful.

4:3 Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:

Verse 3 – It is vital that prayer is not just for us and our concerns but also pray heartily (with vigor, enthusiasm, compassion) for other people and ministries.

This is how to walk through the door:

4:4 That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.

Verse 4 – Determine to be a true and obedient servant. Have our minds and hearts set on doing what the Lord has called, prepared and anointed us to say and to do. Then do it. Be bold and confident in Him.

This is how to keep the door open:

4:5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.

Verse 5 – Utilize the wisdom of God in representing Him…especially before those who have not yet received Him as Savior and Lord. Preach, teach and love like He does. Use the time you have wisely. Be aware of opportunities and seize them. Don’t allow time to get away without fulfilling your assignments. Know that we are ambassadors representing the King.

4:6 Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

Verse 6 – Grace is helpful not hurtful. Our words should heal not wound. Minister in a manner that people will be able to accept. No one will swallow a bitter word. They must receive it in order for it to work and move in their lives. If our speech is such that people can’t or won’t swallow it, it cannot work in their hearts.

There are more opportunities to minister effectively for the Lord than there are people to fill them. The harvest of souls is waiting. The harvest of souls is ready but there are not enough willing, prepared laborers to work in the fields. If you have not already done so, decide today to be an obedient laborer. Be ready to walk through the open door.

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