In Touch 05-04-04
- 2004 4 May
by Dr. Charles Stanley
Tuesday, May 4
InTouch Early Light Devotional
Standing Before God’s Open Door
2 Corinthians 2:12-13
In several of his epistles, the apostle Paul refers to open doors as a figure of speech for great opportunities to preach the Gospel. In Paul’s life and work, physical, technological, and geographical limitations hampered him considerably. But just look at our opportunities today. We stand at the threshold of the most opportune time to reach the whole world for Jesus. We have the technology to penetrate every country and impact every culture.
In times like this, we should be asking where we personally fit into God’s plan. We can’t afford to sit back and act as if this job were intended for only the preachers and the missionaries. We may have all kinds of reasons why we think we are not qualified, but it is time we got past our excuses. We can read and study the Bible and then begin to share it with others. You have the Savior in whom you believe, and you have received eternal life from Him, so you should be able to talk about Him.
This is the time to impact the entire world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We can no longer think in terms of just “my city” or “my country”; it’s the world that matters. We begin at home, but we are not to stop until we have reached every single nation on the face of this earth. Jesus died to purchase men from every tribe and tongue and nation. Don’t discredit yourself or count yourself out. You can walk through your open door and have a significant part in this worldwide ministry.
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