I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.
The door that no one can shut seems in this context, to be the entrance into heaven and “New Jerusalem.” (Read Rev 3:12, 21-22). It is possible that the open door is also an opening for witnessing and serving. (Read Colossians 4:3).
Brothers and sisters, despite having little strength, the believers in Philadelphia had obediently kept Christ’s word and had not denied His name.
1. Have you obediently kept Christ’s word?
2. Have you been a witness to others?
3. Are you serving faithfully?
Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:
The Great Commission
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
The Christians in Philadelphia (Rev 3:7) were obscure, poor, and weak. But they were also faithful to Jesus. Jesus welcomed them in the kingdom with an open door that no one can shut.
1. Are you faithful to Jesus?
2. Is there an open door for you?
Brothers and sisters, today very few may know your name, even in your church. Your bank account might be unimpressive. In the eyes of the world, you have very little or no power. In the echelons of the government, your authority would only take you to the outer gates of the White House.
Brothers and sisters, if you are a born-again believer, the Creator, the Grand Architect of the universe knows your name. He sees your works and opens doors, no one can shut.
If you are in Christ, (1 Corinthians 1:30):
1. Hold on through hardships, trials, and tribulations.
2. Be obedient to His commands (Deuteronomy 6:4-9).
3. Remain faithful to His name. (Matthew 25:21).
4. Stand firm in the face of persecution (1 Peter 5:9).
5. Jesus supplies strength to the weary (Isaiah 40:29).
6. He gives grace to the obedient (Romans 1:5).
7. He rewards the faithful. (Ephesians 6:8)
8. He opens a door and welcomes His own (Rev. 3:20).
Brothers and sisters, will you faithfully endure to the end? I believe you will because you are His!
Written By Edward Jeffries