There is another valuable point that Paul and Barnabas made as they shared in the Antioch church what God had done on their missionary trip. “They declared all that God had done with them, and how He had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles” (Acts 14:27). I am greatly challenged by this statement because it shows that these missionaries were not self-focused, wanting to share what they had done. They were filled with joy over what “God had done”. This is what should motivate the church toward greater involvement in the mission field, whether it is going, sending, or supporting those who go. God is most glorified when we find joy in what He is doing.
A follow-up point to this is that “God had opened a door” for the Gentiles to hear the gospel. If He opens a door for the gospel to be presented to those who have never heard, we must be faithful to go through that door. It is a ‘God’ opportunity! For a further example of how Paul looked for these open doors, see 1 Corinthians 16:8-9 and Jesus’ words in Revelations 3:7.
Be occupied with what God is doing and look for the opportunities that He presents. This will preserve us from striving with our own agendas and seeking glory from men.
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