Before leaving the parsonage this morning–– I couldn’t help but notice, just outside my window, the noisy gaggle of Grackles (not geese) and Starlings that invade our bird feeders and backyard this time of the year. There were dozens of these opportunistic traveling companions in a frenzy of activity at our feeders and on the lawn; some with iridescent heads and others with speckled wings. By definition, an opportunist is: “One who takes advantage of any opportunity to achieve an end, often with no regard for principles or consequences.” Starlings and Grackles–– both are textbook opportunists!
What about us? I think we may be somewhat surprised to see what the Scriptures have to say about taking the opportunity to–– be an “opportunist” for Christ! In his letter to the church in Ephesus, the Apostle Paul said this: “So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.” (Ephesians 5:15-17, NLT) The phrase used here–– “Make the most of every opportunity…” implies the idea of seizing the moment, for the glory of the Lord Jesus! Make the most of every opportunity you have… to do the right thing! In a parallel passage, Paul said: “So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who are of the household of faith.” (Galatians 6:10, NASB)
Has God placed before you an opportunity or a situation in which you can seize the moment, for His glory? That is the difference between being “an opportunist” and being “an opportunist for Christ”–– taking advantage of the moment, to achieve a God-pleasing result. Author Chuck Swindoll offers us this: “We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.” So… what about us–– are we facing a “situation” or an “opportunity?”
Saved to Serve…Pastor Daryle