Push the Door!

Vol. 6, No. 46 – November 14, 2021

Push the Door!

Matthew 25:31-34

When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. Before Him will be gathered all the nations, and He will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And He will place the sheep on His right, but the goats on the left Then the King [of kings] will say to those on His right, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.  –Matthew 25:31-34.

God always wants people to go after opportunities that reflect the truth of who He is. Just any old opportunity will not do. Those are elusive. God is a God who seeks us out with His mercy and grace. Grace chases us.

The reason people do not go very far in life on earth is because they sidestep the opportunities God delivers via His ministry of grace. Too many shake the hand of the one named Procrastination, Satan. Procrastination is actually a grave; it is where opportunity is buried. Too many are busy looking for a four-leaf clover in their back yard or dig for an elusive gold mine. It seems as though people that have no desire to come under the hand of God always have time and opportunity to replace their accountability to God with activities of their choosing.

Opposition, distraction, and challenges are words/thinking that always are present when considering opportunity to come to Christ. They mar the message of a Savior born in Bethlehem, specifically for us, over 2000 years ago. Born to save; born to die; born to provide our salvation.

The alert believer sees the interruptions of life, through the Holy Spirit, as opportunities given by a loving Almighty God. Those not following God focus upon disappointments in life. When God prepares to do something spectacular in our lives He seems to begin in a difficult environment. Perhaps our experience with COVID-19 is a time when God prepared for our opportunity to serve Him.

History shows that when God prepared to so something amazing, He began with a seeming impossibility.

Life Application

A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds. –Francis Bacon

We live among people for a reason. It is more valuable to find a situation that allows you to redistribute opportunities than any other consideration, for example, wealth. Have you noticed that people have never experienced a famine upon ideas and opportunities?

When I worked as a manager, I had many times during hiring processes where I would listen to a potential hire express their great dreams. It was of concern to me to seldom hear that the person being interviewed rarely considered what God’s plan and purpose was for their life (Jeremiah 29:11f). Do you know what His plan and purpose for you is; He has one, and it is marvelous.

Many of God’s best gifts are opportunities. The door of opportunity has an expectation noted on a small sign: “PUSH.”

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Written by Dr. Larry Lightner

November 14, 2021

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