Several years ago when I was planting a church, I attended a service from one of my good friends Jim.  The message he shared that day was out of Revelation 3 and spoke right to the heart of my tumultuous life.

Revelation 3:7-9 “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: He who is holy, who is true, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, and who shuts and no one opens, says this: 8 ‘I know your deeds. Behold, I have put before you an open door which no one can shut, because you have a little power, and have kept My word, and have not denied My name. 9 ‘Behold, I will cause those of the Synagogue of Satan, who say that they are Jews and are not, but lie—I will make them come and bow down at your feet, and make them know that I have loved you. (NASB95)

God is the God of doors; some doors He opens and some doors he shuts, but no Man can counter what God has ordained. God has opened a door for us to spread the Gospel by planting Reunion church, and that open door is a promise form our brother Jesus that nothing can stop us from succeeding.

Here are five observations about this passage.

  • First, “Opportunities are lost when calculations are made without including God.
  • Second, “Opportunities can not be determined by human resources.”
  • Third, “Opportunities are often disguised as hard work.”
  • Fourth, “Opportunities always come with opposition.”
  • Fifth, “Opportunities often look impossible.”

I remember that by the end of the service I was fighting back tears as I weighed the power of these verses against the giant trails my wife and I were facing.

“There are some impossible opportunities coming your way!”

That is the message God had for me all those years ago when I began church planting. The message from Revelation struck to the heart of where we I was in my walk with Jesus and it still has meaning for my crazy life today.

Our Father has some impossible opportunities coming your way, will you take the open door?

Dr. J.R. Miller is a Professor of Applied Theology and Leadership & Dean of Online Learning at Southern California Seminary. Outside work, he is a church planter. Dr. Miller has a diverse educational background and authored multiple books on church history, biblical theology, and Leadership. Joe and his wife Suzanne enjoy the sun and surf with their 3 sons in San Diego, CA.

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