…I have opened a door for you that no one can close. Revelation 3:8
How often do I find myself with an opportunity to serve and I discount it’s effectiveness or downplay its usefulness or disregard it’s importance… I sit and analyze if I should step out, reach out and act on this seemingly good idea but I don’t know… will it matter, will it make a difference, will I have what it takes…I’m sure God intended this for someone else….
It’s real easy (at least for me) to talk myself out of stepping out, but I’m pretty sure if I get hit with a good idea it didn’t originate with me, and if it was not from me, but it was given to me, than I’d do best to just step, and leave the outcome and analyzing of results in Gods mighty capable hands.
Small results do not necessarily indicate small impact.
God looks at the heart (1 Sam. 16:7) not statistics, charts or numbers in attendance. I’m responsible to steward well the moment I have (it may be all I got) and trust that God is big enough to steward all my failures and missteps to His glory (Romans 8:28).
Let’s read Mark 14:12-17.
Did verse 13 catch anyone else’s eye?!? I mean where else in the bible does it say that a MAN is carrying the water jug?! Back than that was a job for the women right! I know it is Passover time and so maybe everyone was just pitching in, men and women alike but still it begs for contemplation does it not!?
I wonder if this mans wife was sick so she asked him to help out a bit and fetch the water that day? I imagine it would be like asking your husband to carry your purse through the airport…he would rather carry ALL the luggage for your ten day cruise by himself before just carrying your girl purse complete with all your cute little Bath and Body Works hand sanitizer clip on attachments, right!
I wonder if this man hesitated for a moment yet because of his love for his wife he held back reminding her ever so politely that it was PASSOVER and EVERYONE would see him do this “girl job”! Did she know how embarrassing this would be? I mean he would never live the jokes down in the wood shop from the other guys! He had other things to do, he was busy, it was Passover! It would seem that even with all the excuses he could have come up with that day NOT to carry the water pot, he did… anyway.
And who would have thought that Jesus was looking for just such a man! A man willing to step through a door of opportunity He orchestrated, no matter how small, how silly, how embarrassing, how outside his wheelhouse of experience…a man willing to lay aside what others would think of him in order to serve another (John 12:43, Matt. 10:28, Col. 3:23).
Who would have thought just carrying a water jug would have opened a door to bring JESUS into the house!!!!
What you do for Him might seem to you like only a crack in the grand scheme of things. But would you buy a house with a crack in the foundation? NO! Because you know the potential of a crack!!
Today Jesus has opened up doors of opportunity for you and I. Opportunities to create cracks all over our world in which He Himself can infuse His Light and pierce the darkness.
Rev. 3:8 I know all the things you do, and I have opened a door for you that no one can close. You have little strength, yet you obeyed my word and did not deny me. You have Him and His Word, you are never alone. (v. 10) …you have obeyed my command to persevere.. Perseverance is a command because He loves you so much! (v.11-12) I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take away your crown. All who are victorious will become pillars in the Temple of my God, and they will never have to leave it. Not I but someone who has actually been to the Holy Land said that the only thing left of the church in Philadelphia (of which this passage is written) is the pillars!! You can stand and step out unshaken when your faith and focus is in the unshakable One.
Be brave, the door is open, just “carry the jug”… anyways. Create a crack for someone else today in which God Almighty can pierce the darkness with His glorious Light!
Independent Read: John 8:12