I have been blogging about discerning God’s will and God’s leading in our lives. So far we have seen that God leads through His Word. God’s Word contains much of His will for us. But we have also seen that God leads through godly counsel, through empowering service, through faithfulness in serving where we are and through open doors. God is ultimately in control of all our circumstances and working out His will as we enter the doors He sets before us.
In the 16th chapter of the book of Acts we see one of the clearest examples of the open door and God’s leading.We read beginning in verse 6 “And they passed through Phryian and Galatian region, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the Word in Asia, and passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas. And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: a certain man of Macedonia was standing and appealing to him and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us”. And when we had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go into Macedonia, concluding God had called us to preach the gospel to them (v. 6-10, NASB). Here we see Paul and Silas, with Luke joining them in verse 10, responding to the call to go to Macedonia. This is a critical moment in church history because it is at this point that the gospel comes to Europe. Paul and his company responded to the open door set before them by God and the world was forever changed.
God has recently set before me another surprising open door of service to minister the gospel of Jesus Christ. When we were traveling in Israel we had 20 in our party, including 3 other pastors. Probably because we, the folks from NDC, comprised half of this group, I ended up taking on some leadership role in our small group. Two months after returning from Israel one of the other pastors in our group, Pastor Jim Blair, contacted me and invited me to come and hold a week of meetings at the church he pastors in Central PA. I felt a little surprised by this open door but we never should be too surprised about how God wants to use us or stretch us out of our comfort zone. For some reason Pastor Jim feels my ministry could be a blessing to his congregation. Saying yes to him falls under the broad guideline of telling God I would go anywhere He wants me to go and do whatever He wants me to do. So please pray that God would use me in the coming to be a blessing to a part of his body of believers in Central PA. as I seek to walk in humble obedience through the open door of service God has set before me.