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Secret of Matt 7:7-8

Many people seem to freeze at the notion of serving in ministry because there is no sense the Lord is calling them—because doors do not seem open.  It is lost on us that the Lord implores us to go out into the highways and byways of life and compel them to come (with compelling love, life and lyrics).  

In the familiar passage in Matthew 7 within the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gives us a hint in verses 7-8.

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened." Open Door

One plain reading is that if we are expecting doors to be opened, it must be that we are asking, seeking and knocking—all three, not just one or two out of the three, to see doors open.  (Recall that the original greek had no punctuation. That is the choice of the translator.)  

May folks are stuck wondering if it is the Lord's will to take on a ministry opportunity.  Question? Are you asking, and are you seeking and are you knocking to see doors opened for people and for outcomes you are passionate about?  In light of this passage it seems out of order to speak about unopened doors.  The Lord lays that responsibility on us.  Those that do not stop all three, are convinced the Lord has too much fun opening doors.  He does so with great delight.

Choose to be knocking, seeking while asking for a kingdom-expanding result. The Apostle Paul and others effective in ministry have done so over the centuries.  Let's join them, with our attention fixed on Jesus, living and serving by faith in a competent God, jealous for His glory.

Nelson Malwitz, Finishers Project Founder, September 2009

Jamie of Wycliffe, Orlando, FL wrote:

As I think of Kingdom minded work, you come to mind and I thank the Lord for you and your gifts you share for God's glory in His Kingdom purpose. I praise the Lord for the ways you have strategically been placed in a significant role in different ministries with a heart to serve the Lord globally. You are a vessel that God is using to increase the serve of the body of Christ. Thanks for your partnership in the gospel, praying for you today.

Mary of Albuquerque, NM wrote:

Hello, I am currently a volunteer with Joni and Friends, Wheels for the World. I have travelled to Lima, Peru as a physical therapist 5 times. During the year, I am a Chair Corps volunteer collecting mobility equipment to be disbursed to many developing nations. Is this program part of the Finishers program? Does it meet the criteria that your organization has set forth? Please let me know. We could use many more folks to assist in this effort to further God's kingdom in the Disability community. Thank you very much. Mary Ingham, PT

Thank you for the post. Just like any organization that serves overseas (it may be both outside and inside the US) Wheels for the World is welcome to join Finishers Project. There is a modest fee for partnership. It is a fraction of the total cost. See the links under For Ministries at the top for more detail. Finishers Project assists competent sending organizations in finding more laborers for His harvest.

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