The Bible mentions doors so many times. Narrow doors, wide doors, open doors, closed doors…
Doors are a big factor in life, and as much it is meant for going out and coming in, even more significantly it is only meant to allow access for ONE at a time.
This is how favor works. It cannot grant access to everyone at the same time. So how do you decide who goes first or last? How do you secure opportunity when many meet similar eligibility?
Favor isn’t fair and fair isn’t favor.
What does that mean? If you got the job, everyone else didn’t. So do you mope about it daily, saddened about your selection because it meant the rejection of many?
What is considered favor in the body of believers is called lucky to the rest of the world. And likewise, what is considered a lack of favor is the notion of being unlucky.
So what is favor? Favor is the act of Grace. And when Grace is activated the door is functioning purposefully. How can we get Grace? Grace is a gift. Who is Grace? Grace is Jesus Christ. The Bible says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
Ephesians 2:8-10 ESV
How do we activate Grace and walk in it?
When we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we become his workmanship. This means that you become equipped with a level of skill that only he can give you. And the quality of your life and the abilities in which you execute your given tasks, identifies with the greatness of your master teacher and creator. He gives you direction, visions, dreams, talents, gifts, strength, and so much more. All these things are given to us to do Good Works. And it guarantees our acceptance into the Kingdom of God.
But what happens when we don’t do what is right? The Bible teaches us this lesson very early in the book of Genesis.
“If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”
Genesis 4:7 NIV
There’s that door again. As long as we continue to live life, accepting Christ is only the first step to salvation. We have to DO what is right in the eyes of the Lord. Which means we have to follow his lead and his direction to stay on track.
Sin is always stooped outside our door ready to rush in if we give him the opportunity by giving into temptation.
A functional door opens and shuts. But we want our door to function purposefully by welcoming the favor of Grace, and that can come in many forms of the opening and shutting of many doors throughout life as we move according to God’s plan. Having faith means we don’t just believe God is real but we also trust him. And when we trust him AND do good we can be sure that his favor will be active every step of our way.
The door is an important element that allows the favor of Grace to freely flow. I pray that it is hinged securely in our faith unto good works. Amen.