Matthew 25:11-12 Don’t Get Shut Out

Closed Church Door

“Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’ “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’ ” Matthew 25:11-12

Jesus gave the parable about the five wise and five unwise virgins. They knew that their bridegroom was coming to meet them at some point. Five stayed prepared to meet him, while five did not. When he came, he took the five that were prepared and left. At the wedding banquet the doors were shut and the five unwise tried to get in. At that point the bridegroom stated that he did not know them and kept the door shut.

Most people do not run a wedding in the same manner that they did during the ancient days. Today if someone is late to the wedding, they are often still let in. This is especially true for people who are a part of the wedding ceremony.

In the business world, it is a different story. When the business closes its doors for the night, they will not open them again, regardless of who the person is. With this in mind, people must plan their time correctly to get to the business before the doors are closed. They must be ready.

God is in the process of preparing a great wedding feast in heaven someday. People are being made aware of this wedding feast. Everyone is being invited to be a part of the feast. The challenge is that no one knows exactly when that feast will begin. Each person must be ready.

The process of being ready is accepting what Jesus did and following Him. It is repenting of all sins and turning towards God.

Many people think that there are many ways into  heaven and that great feast. There is only one way and that is through Jesus.

When Jesus returns to bring everyone into the feast, you must be ready. Once He returns and takes all who are ready, the doors to that feast in heaven will be closed. God will stand at the door and tell the rest who missed it that He does not know them.

You do not want to be in that group. You do not want to be shut out, because that door will be shut for all eternity.

Take the time today to make sure you are following Jesus and are ready for the great wedding feast.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will follow God with all your heart; that God will know you as part of His bride; and that you will be ready for heaven.

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Revelation 3:8 Open Doors

“I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.” Revelation 3:8

The church in Philadelphia had only good words spoken to them. They had been actively serving God, remaining true to His Word and not denying Him in any way. Since they were doing these things, Jesus told them He would give them an open door and protect them.

God is the one who is in absolute control of everything. There is nothing that He cannot do. Anything that God does, no person or being can stop.

Jesus said that He would give them an open door that no one can shut. Although there is nothing to say what that open door was for sure, it appears to be an open door for witnessing and ministry.

Right before He says He will give them an open door, He stated He knew their deeds. The only deeds that God talks positively about are deeds that build His kingdom and honor Him. Any other deeds are of the devil and are not promoted or desired by God.

Since the people were so active in reaching others for God, God would open new doors for them to continue that work. Earlier Jesus had stated that believers were to pray for God to send workers into the field because the fields were ripe for harvest. These are the open doors for believers.

As you go through your days, ask God to open doors for you. Not doors to promote yourself, but to build His kingdom. Doors to honor God. Doors to touch and minister to others.

Jesus came to this earth through a door God opened so that He could touch lives, serve others, and draw many to God. You, as a follower of Jesus, are to do the same things.

As you reach out to other people, as you touch hurting lives, as witness to others, God will continue to open new doors for you. Each door that He opens no one can shut. The world will not like what you are doing, but they cannot stop it.

Are you going through the doors God opens for you?

I pray today that you will see the doors God has opened for you; that you will keep true to His Word; that you will not deny Jesus in any way; and that you will strive to bring others to Jesus.