Read: I Corinthians 16:1-24
Think: In the closing chapter to the Corinthian church, Paul writes, “In the meantime, I will be staying here at Ephesus until the Festival of Pentecost. There is a wide open door for a great work, though many oppose me.” Without the Word of God as a constant guide and template, we might be tempted to think that God’s work is usually accomplished without difficulty, trials, or intimidation. But Paul, Peter and John’s New Testament letters as well as the Old Testament leaders, such as Moses, Joshua, Nehemiah, Ezra, and Esther revealed that when they were given work to do for God, there was no guarantee they would not face opposition!
Act: Consider the wide open door that God has given you to do a great work! Are you member of a school or on a sports team that needs to be supported in prayer? Are you part of a church that needs more leaders? Are you the co-worker in an office in which many of the staff do not have a personal relationship with Jesus? Is God prompting you, today, to step through the wide open doors for a great work that He has set before you? What is the wide open door for you? _______________________ Don’t grow weary in working hard for the Lord. Instead, as Paul writes, “Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be Strong and do everything with love.”
Pray: Dear Jesus, show me my wide open door for a great work that You have planned for me to do at this season in my life. Give me the discernment to see the pitfalls, the courage not to waver in my faith, and the integrity to endure until I accomplish the very plans you have for me. You are worthy, O Lord. Amen.
Be full of faith today!