I know that you and I have at least one thing in common. There is a door opened to each of us for something beautiful to be worked out in our life. I saw the door and walked through it. Have you? If not, then look for my hand stretched out for you. Take it and let me show you what’s possible.
On the other side of the door, we have to first discuss authority. That is, under whose authority do you do anything. If we get this answer wrong, then we may as well turn around and walk back out the door. The only way we can stay on this side of the door of opportunity is to submit to God’s authority. It’s ok if you don’t want to. That’s your choice. But if you do, then trust it will be worth it.
What does that actually mean? It simply means that if God wills, you will do. Implicit to that statement is obedience. An obedience to his principles. A hunger to understand his teaching and a willingness to be obedient to it. A humility to let your will be subordinate to his. An acknowledgment that it is he who enables the good that arises out of the mess of your life because in all things he is working for your good. This is the opportunity that is common to us.
On this side of the door, obedience comes from faith in his word. As a result of our faith, our desire is to be obedient to his authority.
The cool thing about being on this side of the door is that God will be working out something beautiful with your life even if the world knows almost nothing about you. The type of beauty I’m talking about is relational and meaningful. It’s not based on popularity. It’s counter cultural. It’s about serving others with neighborly love so that they want to follow you through that same door we all have in common.