UV 2025/10000 Open Gate Policy
Therefore thy gates shall be open continually; they shall not be shut day nor night; that men may bring unto thee the forces of the Gentiles, and that their kings may be brought
Isaiah 60 v 11
We should always keep our gates of our inner being open for the Lord. Our gates of prayer and praise unto the Lord should not be closed by day or night. As long as the Lord is with us and in us, there is no night or darkness. For it is written in the book of Revelation that in heaven, the gates are not shut as there is no night there. The presence of the Lord makes our lives and all things bright as daylight. These are the spiritual gateways to our minds and souls and spirits. We are not like the candle blowing in the wind, soon to be extinguished but we are to be an eternal excellency, the joy of many generations. The forces of the unbelievers or Gentiles will be drawn to us as flies to the light. We should be open to the possibility that the Lord will speak to us anytime, anywhere. Open to His touch. Open to learning from Him. Open to confess. Open to correction. Open to be blessed and enlarged by Him.
As our spiritual gates are always open, the riches of eternal life flow in and out of us as trade flows through the city gates of Jerusalem during the days of yore. We are not to shut ourselves up in closed communities but always interact and have an ongoing interface with those who do not believe. When they see how blessed we are and how the power and grace of God is manifest in our lives, they would become curious and interested to know more. Even the elite or the rulers and influential among them would like to possess the peace and joy of our faith.
The uni-verse asks us to always keep an open door to the seeker of truth and salvation. All human beings are different and diverse by race, nationality, religion, color, gender, culture, class, talent, ability, strength, means, occupation and DNA but our essential unities in our similar aspirations, needs, vulnerabilities are the bridge that connects each of us with all of us. One of our common needs and the greatest, deepest is every human being’s need to be saved. Both Jew and Gentile are in need of knowing and receiving Jesus as their personal saviour and Lord. For that to happen their mental gateways need to remain open and not closed and our heart’s gateway of compassion and love need to be always open. Salvation is a free gift available to all without regard to race, religion, culture, language, gender, age, nationality. Attempts to shut God out of schools, universities, court rooms, legislatures in the name of secularism in the USA and Europe has led to the widespread trends of depravity and lack of spiritual moorings in those countries. In Russia recently Putin’s edict to proscribe evangelism outside the church has led to a dramatic increase in hearing the gospel. Attempts to shut God out of countries have the opposite effect as we have seen in China and Russia. As evidence, in the last couple of days, the number of readers of uni-verse in Russia has increased dramatically, overtaking that of any other single country. Unwittingly, some of us have shut doors to the Lord in certain areas of our lives. It might be a habit we need to change, a belief we need to give up, a tradition we need to break.
Prateep V Philip