“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9, ESV)

I remember back when I was younger, watching the popular TV game show “Let’s Make a Deal!” Do you remember that show?  I know they did other things in the game, but there’s only one part I can seem to recall, or really cared about.  It was the part of the show where the contestant had to decide whether to take what was behind door number 1, door number 2 or door number 3 – without seeing what was behind any of the doors. – Such drama!  Such tension!

Isn’t that a little what life is like?  “You pays your money and you takes your chances” as the saying goes. Even poet Robert Frost portrayed this in his famous poem “The Road Not Taken.”  It’s a simple fact of life – we make a choice and we go down a path (or through a door) and our life is never the same after that.  Even if we turn around and go back through another door or down a different road, we are different for having taken the first path.  The detour itself has changed us.

This is no surprise to God!  In fact, He has designed and created us with a sense of exploration, and an imagination of “what might yet become.” Perhaps this is part of what it means for mankind to be made in “God’s image.”  The only thing is, God can see what’s beyond the doors and what’s down each path;  We cannot!  Does that mean that we must merely drift through life aimlessly and purposelessly, subject to the whim and fancy of blind chance and lost opportunity?  Absolutely not!  Why is that so?  Because we have a guide!  We have someone to guide us along life’s paths, to beckon us to move in certain directions, and to walk us through certain doors as well as to guide us to avoid others!  That guide is Jesus Christ, and the path is His Word.

And where does that path take us?  The book, The Best Is Yet to Come, suggests that God’s paths and His doorways will lead us to spiritual growth!  At Redeemer, we are going to take 10 weeks to explore seven doors of spiritual growth.  Those doors are outlined in Acts 2 as: witness, worship, connection with other believers, prayer, Bible study, giving, and serving.  As we move through each door, we will discover what God has in store for us beyond that door – it’s more than your eyes have seen, your ears have heard, and more than your heart can conceive!  Come on a journey with us as we see what God has prepared for those who love Him!  We start on September 15th – the doors are open and ready for you to move through them toward spiritual growth in Christ!