May 29, 2015
Open Doors in the Capitol
Sometimes when I'm walking the halls in the Capitol I feel similar to how I imagine a door-to-door salesman might feel. I'm approaching people who are busy with something they care about to ask them to listen to me as I tell them about a great "product" that some of them have little or no interest in. I admit that it's not always easy, and I've had my share of doors slammed in my face. (I mean that figuratively, of course, ... except for the few times where it happened literally.)
But increasingly, God has been bringing leaders to me who are asking to meet. For example, just in the past two weeks:
- A State Senator asked me to start teaching a new (fourth) weekly Capitol Bible Study for her and some of her staff.
- A Legislator who has been in office for years asked me if he could attend a Legislators' Bible Study for the first time.
- A Senator asked me to be his personal accountability partner and meet privately on a regular basis.
- A State Assemblymember asked me to meet with him for the first time to talk about God's will for his life.
- A Constitutional Officer state leader asked me for a meeting.
- A high profile leader met with me to ask my advice regarding some personal challenges.
These invitations may seem like small things, but they bring joy to my heart. While a salesman wants to make a sale, I don't want anything from those I serve. Rather, I care about each of them, regardless of their politics, and I'm glad if they know it and consider me a friend. Even more so, I know that God loves them immensely and has placed me in their lives to help them to know and follow Him more closely, which for me is a sacred responsibility. So whenever they're contacting me, He is up to something significant, and this is something to rejoice in.
1 Corinthians 16:9 may be a good description of our work: "for a wide door for effective service has opened to me, and there are many adversaries." Yes, there are and always will be adversaries to the Good News of Jesus, but by his grace some doors are opening wider, and for that I'm thankful.
Why are doors opening? I'm sure that one of the biggest factors is that people are praying. With this in mind, I appreciate your continued intercession to ask God to provide more and greater openings, including
(1) open doors for me to meet with many leaders,
(2) an open mouth for me to teach God's word accurately, clearly, and powerfully,
(3) open hearts among those who hear.
Pastor to California's Leaders,
Capitol Commission California