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From the Hayward church of Christ Bulletin

God Opened the Door for You to Walk In
    One of the easiest things to do is open the door for someone behind you. Besides, you see them coming, pave the way for them, and make a temporary friend that might lead to a long-standing one. Not to simplify things to make it trivial, but you have two types of people in this world: those who open doors and those who do not. The door opener tends to be caring, loving, thoughtful and wants to make the stranger’s day by making life more bearable for the individual at that moment. I find solace in witnessing people behaving like humans. The door closer will see you coming and allow you to open it yourself with your own two hands or might. We can come up with many reasons not to do such an act; whatever reasons, they are not pretty.
     It is time to see and think of people as souls who need salvation. God has sent you to open the door, not to shut it. Jesus told hypocritical leaders of his day, “For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in (Matthew 23:13). Paul said, “For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again” (2 Cor. 5:14-15). Jesus, by dying on the cross, opened the door to salvation that we were not capable of opening duty to us being impoverished due to us being morally bankrupt and our lack of power.
     With men, we wonder if they are honest when they say they have an “open-door policy.” With God, it is beyond 9-5; it is 24/7 for every soul that exists. Remember, God has given you the power to be beyond human by being a Christian every day of your existence. Open your mouth, live with godly actions, and open up that door that was opened to you. Help reconcile someone to Christ. “Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Cor. 5:20-21).      
Courtney Henderson   Publ.  April/09/2022

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