In Colossians 4:3, Paul urges the church in Colossae to pray that God will open a door for the word so that Paul can proclaim the gospel to the lost. Not surprisingly, for as long as I’ve been a Christian, I’ve heard Christians similarly praying that God will open doors. I think it’s wonderful practice to do exactly that.
However, I’m not at all sure that brethren are as comfortable with recognizing and going through doors as they are praying for them. It’s one thing to be abstractly in favor of evangelism; it’s quite another to look at a friend or a neighbor and say, “That’s someone who might well be receptive to the gospel, so I’m going to talk to them about it!” It doesn’t do a lot of good, though, to constantly be crying out to God for opportunities while neglecting the ones we have. This evening, then, let’s consider the subject of doors of opportunity. Continue reading