Speaking of open doors, Sunday night my children did something to the doorknob on our bathroom door, preventing a person from being able to exit the bathroom. Although I didn’t mind this for a few hours, I began to get hungry.
I unscrewed the old doorknob, leaving a hole in the bathroom door where a new doorknob can be installed. I was going to pick one up Monday morning, but one thing lead to another and alas, we still have no doorknob on our bathroom door.
I do not know what children do to doorknobs, but this is the second time they have ruined a doorknob on our bathroom door. And, yes, it is my fatherly judgment that it is entirely their fault. It is my right, nay, duty as a father to conclude such things.
There are many times in life where doors don’t open, when it appears as though all roads leading to your destination are closed. Perhaps God doesn’t want me to go there.
Christians have a way of making perseverance a “God thing” rather than a thing we should concern ourselves with.
Perseverance of the saints is believed by many to be entirely up to God to do. Although I sincerely believe God is the life-source of spiritual life, I believe the Bible makes it clear we have an obligation to do some stuff to stay alive, too.
Paul says we are to “continue in the faith.” In fact, he says it three times. Paul says we run the race, we fight the fight, we die daily, and many other effort-enducing commands. Hebrews tells us to lay aside everything that hinders and press on to the finish.
Paul often uses words about vigorous athletic activity. He uses many words about work and labor. There is considerable effort involved in the Christian life.
All too often, however, as soon as life gets tough, the Christian will quit and safely conclude, “Well, I guess it’s not God’s will that I do that then.” Or, “I just don’t feel lead to do that anymore.”
In reality, you might just be a lazy wimp!
It’s an option worth considering.
There may be a reason your door aint opening. It might be someone else’s fault even. But guess what? It’s your door. Fix it. Get to work. Make the thing open. Don’t wimp out.
Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.