I know what you're thinking. Isn't God the One who opens and shuts doors for us? Of course He is. However, in many cases we actually open doors for God to move through. This aspect of our walk is not discussed or taught very much. Perhaps that's why in prayer God got my attention about this. It's about time we hear this!
Now I know you have no problem believing God is very big; and that He is capable of doing much more than we can even conceive of in our finite minds. (See Ephesians 3:20) But we must realize God works through people; ordinary folks like you and me. Here's a fact: If God wants to use me, I have to be willing to be used by Him. If I am unwilling to be used by Him, then as far as I am concerned, I have shut the door to Him using me. However, if I avail myself to Him, to be His instrument, I have opened the door to my being used by Him. Why would God want to use you or me? To touch the lives of others around us. Hence, being a door-opener for God ultimately effects others!
Opening doors for Jesus requires more than obedience. Obedience is crucial, but faith is the key. To truly believe is to act. Action is an expression of genuine faith. We must hear God's voice as He lays the needs of others on our hearts. Many of those needs are too big for us to meet. Enter God! (But first He needs a door to enter through.) We open the door as we attempt things for God that are much too big for us to accomplish. When God comes through...stuff begins to happen and things change! Stuff and things that needed a door to open for God to move through.
Would you like to be a door-opener for Jesus? Step out in faith...especially in those areas He has already laid on your heart. But you haven't had the boldness to step out because you've seen it as too big for you. Remember...it IS too big for you. But as you step out anyway...you open the door to the ONE who is more than enough, and big enough to move and provide!
Finally, I truly believe that when we open doors for God, the result is that He opens doors for you and me!