You Must Open the Door
Recently the phrase, “You must open the door,” has been on my mind. I recently taught six different groups a recurrent training class and said it in every one. I heard it used on one of my favorite television shows, and it was a takeaway I had from Southwest Region conference.
In all three cases, the point that was being made is that it's up to each person to take some sort of action; the action cannot be done for you or forced upon you. In my classes, I was trying to convey that it was up to the employees to follow the published processes and procedures. No matter what I or any other manager says or does, it’s up to each of them, on an individual basis, to take the correct steps and actions.
On the show, one character was telling another that the only way to solve a situation was for him to open the door. No one else could literally do it for him.
During the Sunday service at conference, the Spirit of God was prevalent. Among several topics, one was encouragement to make Christ the focus of our lives. An analogy was made to times when we may've had hardships. What ended up happening? We put every ounce of our being into solving the problem. Everything else came second. Our brother exhorted us to do the exact same thing with Christ. Put our full effort into serving Him.
The key to all of these is that no one, not even God, can make us take action. We can be given incentives or consequences, but ultimately it's up to us on an individual level to decide what we're going to do.
As I said in my classes, the vast majority of people don’t go to work with the mindset of, “What can I do wrong today?” I think it's safe to say that we all feel the same way about serving God. We wake up every morning thanking God for another day of life and asking what we can do to serve Him better.
So, where do we go from there? We can choose to open the doors that lead to a better relationship with Christ, or we can choose not to. We can choose to take paths that help us love and forgive one another more, or not.
Joshua said, "Choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
I choose to open the doors that will grow my relationships with Christ, my brothers and sisters, my family, and my friends.
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