It was my turn to order as I stood in line at McDonalds. I only ordered an iced tea and was about ready to pay when one of the workers said: “congratulations we are running a special promotion until Valentine’s Day, if you will call someone and tell them you love them, you will get your order free”. The first thing that came to my mind was that I should have ordered more than an iced tea. I quickly phoned my wife and told her I loved her while the McDonalds workers were listening. As I got my free tea my sweet wife also told me that I should have ordered more food. I could almost smack myself in the head, and said: “I could have had a Big Mac”. What a missed opportunity.
As disappointing as missing that opportunity to get a free meal, there are more serious missed opportunities in life. God’s Word tells us: “Therefore, as we have opportunity let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith” (Gal. 6:10). We are also challenged in Eph. 5:16: “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil”. When writing to the Romans Paul told the saints that he was “ready to preach the gospel to you who are in Rome”. God’s people need to redeem or to buy up the opportunities that the Lord gives us in life. When He opens a door for us to speak a word of witness for Him we need to boldly walk through that door. Whenever we see someone with a financial need and we have the ability to help we need to do it. If an opportunity to help a neighbor with a chore presents itself we need to make ourselves available.
Opportunities to serve God and help people are all around us. We need to have our eyes and ears open, we need to have our hearts and hands willing, and we need to have our tongues and talents ready to buy up those chances that God send’s our way. Don’t miss your next opportunity!
Pastor Stultz has been writing this weekly devotional for many years. In 2009, he published a compilation of devotionals in book form, also called Moments of Meditation