Sermon for Saturday

Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ’s gospel, and a door was opened unto me of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 2:12

A number of years ago, I was working for a company that ran out of money and was forced to lay off many of its employees, including myself. The layoff came as a bit of a shock, because I was enjoying the work and had expected to be there for a long time. In the days and weeks that followed, a number of Christians reminded me that when God closes one door, He opens another one. The words were encouraging, comforting, and proved to be true in my case. Since that time, I have seen other doors open and shut, but God has always been faithful in supplying needs and in guiding me on to the next opportunities. This was something that Paul appreciated when he arrived in Troas to preach the Gospel: God opened the door and souls were saved.

Troas, or Alexandria Troas, was a large and busy seaport in what is now Turkey. In Paul’s time, it was an important Roman colony. Three centuries later, Constantine considered Alexandria Troas for the new capital of his Roman empire, before settling on Byzantium (now Istanbul). So it was an important place. How Paul would have longed to see an Assembly for God planted in that city! During his short stay, he preached and found a ready audience for the Gospel. Later, we read of his visit to Troas, and the miracle of healing Eutychus, who had fallen from an upstairs window when Paul was preaching. Paul reminded Timothy about some books and a cloak that he had left at Carpus’ house in Troas (2 Timothy 3:14). God opened a great door of opportunity, and Paul made certain he did not waste that opportunity. God opens doors for you and me every day, and we ought to use them for His glory.

God opens all kinds of doors for us. He opens doors in terms of employment and business opportunities, because He knows we need to make a living and to care for our families. He opens doors of service for us to minister to His people in many different ways. He opens doors of witnessing and testifying as we move about our families, our communities, our schools, and workplaces. As He did with Paul, God also opens doors for us in the Gospel. For some, it is a door that leads to preaching, for others, it leads to tract and invitation distribution, for others, it leads to monetary and other support for those who preach. And for others, it leads to prayer for the furtherance of the Gospel. There is no lack of doors that God puts before us.

For all of us, every day, God opens doors. We enter those doors for His glory and for our own blessing. – Jim MacIntosh

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