Every Opportunity

Posted: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 in Scripture

stickybar_logoMy wife’s nephew, Josh Kimberlin, has had a rather exciting few days. In Saturday’s Samford – Florida A&M football matchup he intercepted 3 passes in the second half to help secure a victory for the Samford Bulldogs. His efforts did not go unnoticed as on Monday he was named the Southern Conference defensive player of the week. Not bad for a young man who is second team on the depth chart. Then today he was named national defensive player by a couple of media outlets.  Josh made the best of the opportunity that presented itself on Saturday – and I would venture to say he will probably get a little more PT! Josh is what many would call a “gifted” athlete. He works hard on the mental aspect of the game but the physical aspect of the game comes to him quite naturally.

As I pondered this today, I was reminded of how much more we have in Christ. We too are “gifted,” but in a far better way than physically (and, BTW, Josh is a believer and would give God the glory). Our heavenly Father has provided everything we need to make the most of every opportunity to glorify Him, and more. He has given us His Son. He has given us His Spirit. He has given us His Word. And all three richly indwell us! He has “gifted” us for our calling and equipped us for every good work. Therefore, may we make the most of every opportunity for HIs name’s sake. And remember, we face opposition in fulfilling that task — our own flesh.

Note how the Apostle Paul puts it twice in Romans 7:

Rom_7:8 But sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of covetousness. For apart from the law, sin lies dead.
Rom_7:11 For sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me.

That is why he issues the reminder in Galatians 5:16: “Walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.” May we diligently seize the opportunities God provides to let our light shine — or the enemy will!

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