Make our lives count

By Dave Henning / August 13, 2015

In Chapter 4 of All the Places to Go, John Ortberg discusses statements people think are in the Bible but are not to be found there.  One is:  When God closes a door, he opens a window.”  Pastor Ortberg points out that Mother Superior from The Sound of Music says that.  The Bible says: “What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open.”- Revelation 3:7

John theorizes that we like the “he opens a window” version because it gives us the opportunity to sneak back in so we can go where we really wanted to go all along.  Revelation 3:7 severely limits our options.  Gerald Hawthorne (Colossians) describes God’s open doors:

“unlimited chances to do something worthwhile; grand openings into new and unknown adventures of significant living; heretofore unimaginable chances to do good, to make our lives count for eternity.”

Pastor Ortberg add that our ideas about God’s open doors can be full of misconception and superstition- thinly spiritualized wish fulfillment.  Divine doors intersect deeply with our desires.  Yet we are not the master with God our genie in a bottle.  We cannot make getting the right outcome our idol.  We need to move forward toward the spiritual growth that is God’s deepest desire for us.  John concludes:

“God’s primary will for me is the person I become and not the circumstances I inhabit.”

Today’s question: How have you  grown spiritually following your vocation loss?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “The day of small things”

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