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Leave The Door Open

By Martha Noebel
CBN Staff Writer
We are living in times when people are asking questions. We have the answers, so why wouldn't God send them over? -- I read a scripture in Matthew chapter 9 and saw it in a new and different way than ever before. It is Matthew 9:10-13:

And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples. vs.10

And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners? vs. 11

But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. vs. 12

But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. vs. 13

Now first of all, can you believe verse 10? Jesus was merely sitting in the house, eating with his disciples, when all of a sudden "many publicans and sinners" walked right through the door, into the house, and sat down. Verse 11 tells us that they reached over and began eating at the table. Jesus did not even seem alarmed or bothered by this. I can see this small living room filling up with strangers, one at a time. They began to eat and listen to whatever it was that the Son of God had to say.

I don't know about you, but if one night after cooking a big meal, putting it on the table, and sitting down with my family if one by one my neighbors came through the door and sat down well I would hardly be able to handle myself. That would be such an awesome experience. But if God did it before, He can do it again.

We are living in times when people are asking questions. We have the answers, so why wouldn't God send them over? There's a part of me that wants to eat dinner every night with my front door open. I want to expect that this could be the day when I will serve more than my four. My desire is to have a fresh Word from God on my lips because I don't know when I will be called on to share the love of God to someone who wants to know.

If we share this attitude of being open and ready to share God with those around us, I know the Father will send them to us. His heart is that all men would know how much He loves them. Our "open door" could certainly lead to an "open door" of someone's heart finding peace, love, and joy for eternity.

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