The Open Door

The Open Door

The church of Philadelphia in Revelation 3 was just a small and feeble church by many standards. Their “strength was little” and I imagine they often felt inadequate and unable. Yet, this letter indicates that their faithfulness did not waiver. It was on the basis of this commitment that God promised the church an open door of opportunity to advance God’s kingdom. Work as a chaplain is often about feeling inadequate and unable, yet faithfully planting seeds and watering where God is at work. Four months ago, Corporate Care was given the opportunity to enter into a new partnership with a business in town. God in his faithfulness was opening another door! James at Nordstrom’s Automotive From early on, signs were clear that God was at work in this business. Many of the employees were facing very difficult trials, but the Lord was quickly opening hearts and opportunities to read the Bible, share about God’s promises and pray with employees. Late in the fall, one executive leader shared that severe illness had struck their body. The news was shocking and saddening. Our chaplain, by God’s grace, was actually in the building the day the news was received. In God’s timing, our chaplain was able to meet with the entire executive team, bring words of hope through Psalm 62 and pray for strength, resolve and peace as they wrestled with the news. Through this open door, the following week, God further allowed Corporate Care to share the hope of the gospel with the entire company through a staff wide meeting of prayer. It’s God’s grace that opens a door and...