As Paul wrote to the church in Corinth about his hopes to visit them soon, he explained his reason for staying in Ephesus:
There is a wide-open door for a great work here, although many oppose me. (1 Corinthians 16:9)
We talk a great deal within our Christian circles about God directing our steps by opening some doors, and closing others. We generally take an open door as an indication that God is providing an opportunity if we’ll walk through it. In large part, I agree.
The struggle begins when we mistake opposition as a closed door. You see, when Paul looked through the door which God had opened in Ephesus he saw BOTH great opportunity, AND great opposition. Sadly, whenever we see opposition today, our tendency is to think the opportunity isn’t there. Yet Paul clearly says that opportunity and opposition both exist beyond the doors which God opens.
Friends, as the opposition to our faith increases, so does the opportunity! The opportunity which Paul saw in Ephesus was the need that culture had for the hope of Christ. Ephesus was a dark, amoral, godless culture. They needed to be reconciled to a holy God through faith in Christ. The darkness in which they lived was both the opposition and the opportunity.
As our culture grows darker, the need for the Light we possess grows. Remember, the greater the opposition, the greater the opportunity. –Dave
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