Serving God, and I mean really serving God with your entire heart, your entire soul, your entire life, requires quite a few things. It requires sacrifice. It requires love. It requires faith. It requires a humble attitude. It requires a Biblical foundation. It requires a personal relationship with Jesus. A personal interaction with Him that begins on the day that you were saved and continues on into eternity. There is an open door in front of you. First, you must be saved. This is the first open door that we must go through in order to serve Him, but our life, our journey with God, does not end at salvation. That door closes after we go through with a blessed finality; God has saved us, and we can not escape His hand. We may backslide, but God has us tightly wrapped in His arms and we are safe, we are saved for life, for eternity. Many people have been saved and they have made a comfortable spot there, never taking another step forward, never going through another door even though God is begging us to go through. But Christians, there is another door. There is an effectual door open to us, and God wants us to go through it. This requires that sacrifice, that love, that faith. When we step through that door, vowing to God that we are going to serve Him selflessly, to love Him as He loved us, to be the witness He wants you to be, to be the servant that He wants you to be…we are walking boldly into this world with God and His army by our side to battle for His worthy cause, to fight for His Gospel, and this..this means that there are many adversaries waiting for us. Waiting to fight back with everything they’ve got in them.
A great door, a great effectual door, is opened. It is sitting in front of us, wide open, God beside it. He is ready to make that journey with us…but I ask, are we willing? I think of the disciples who were willing to go through this door. Pastor Sexton mentioned Paul during this sermon titled “The Effectual Door.” Paul went through many of these doors. In Acts, we read of his journey in Ephesus. He tore down the temple of Diana, a goddess that the people were worshiping, in order to guide the people to the one true God, to share the Gospel with them, and this created a riot that lasted for hours. The people screamed, “Great is the goddess Diana! Great is the goddess Diana!” The Bible says that they were full of wrath..and what did Paul do? He stayed. Paul went through that effectual door and as scripture promises, there were many adversaries. Scripture says in this life we will have troubles, but take heart, God has overcome the world. It is time that Christians stand up and go through this effectual door, because we are holding ourselves back in so many ways. We are far too comfortable in this world, with being like this world, with fitting into this world, and we refuse to go through this door because it may make us seem peculiar, but doesn’t the Bible also say that we are to be a peculiar people? To be a set-apart remnant? How will we make a difference if we are sitting comfortably in a room between the door of salvation and this effectual door? Doesn’t God urge us to move forward in our Christian walk?
The Christian life is the unending pursuit of Jesus Christ. – Clarence Sexton.
It is our duty as Christians to be pursuing Jesus Christ more and more every day, not pursuing this world, or pursuing other Christians, or whoever we seem to place on a pedestal in our hearts and minds, it is to pursue Christ and the things of Christ. It is to pursue godliness, righteousness, and so on. We shy away from this door because we fear conflict, and tribulation, and persecution. But God’s Gospel is never without conflict. God’s word will never be delivered to this world without people coming from every corner of the earth to oppose it, to fight against Him. It is time that we stand up like Paul and refuse to waver. It is time that we move forward for Christ, especially in the time that we are in. Where is our desire for a personal interaction with God? How close can we truly be with God if we refuse to walk with Him? He desires far more for us than just salvation! Of course, that is the best gift He has given us, but He wants to see us take a step of faith and go through this effectual door because there is something incredible behind it. A life with Jesus. A mission from God. A life planned by God. You can not truly work with and for God without taking this step.
We may look at this world and think it is too far gone, but that is simply us pulling our hand back from the handle of this door, making excuses on why we can’t go through it. As Pastor Sexton said, “When we think it can’t be done, that could be the moment that God wants it done.” We need to quit relying on ourselves and start realizing that, yes, this door is scary, it is terrifying, it is full of adversaries…but God is with us. God is fighting with us. He is by our side. These adversaries are there so we learn that nothing we do can save this world, nothing we do can save a soul..but God can. And He wants it done now. Are we willing to be a part of His army? Are we willing to help? Do we even want to?
Hope itself is like a star- not to be seen in the sunshine of prosperity, and only to be discovered in the night of adversity.
― Charles Haddon Spurgeon
God wants to bless this world. He wants to save the people in it, every person that He can. Do you think that the Lord does not want a revival? Do you think that after Jesus died for us, He is simply done with this world now? He wants others to be saved. He wants revival…and He needs His disciples in this modern world to desire those things, too. Are we willing? Find your effectual door; your door isn’t the same as mine. It could lead you into a church that needs a remnant to rise up so there is revival there. It could lead you into the mission field in another country. It could lead you right into your own home so you can share the Gospel with your family. Where is your effectual door taking you? There will be adversaries, there always are, but where the adversaries are, so is God.
“The Lord gets His best soldiers out of the highlands of affliction.”
― Charles Haddon Spurgeon