The Door is Opened
Opening doors is a theme at the heart of the gospel (good news) mission. Christ commanded to make disciples of people in all nations. The word nations is from the Greek word ethos, which is also the source of the word ethnic. Jesus’ work opened the door for everyone.
Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.”
Matthew 28: 16 - 20 RSV
We have the privilege of caring for others as God has cared for us. We can open the door for someone who never dreamed they’d be welcomed personally into the house and family of God.
The Book of Matthew tells us that there was no one too wretched or too despised for Jesus to want to help, and many of the people listened to him and loved him. The Book of Matthew guided the early church through thought and made understanding God a focal point of the early church.