I remember a while back watching a car sales commercial and they had a computer animated character acting as one of the sales persons. At the end of the commercial the character would always say “I’m Mr. Opportunity and I’m knocking.” I believe that this is so true today, that opportunity is knocking at our door.
Jesus said to the church in Philadelphia that He has put an open door in front of them (See Revelation 3:7-8). It’s great to have an open door, opportunity, put right in front of us but you got to walk through the door in order to take advantage of that window of opportunity. I believe that we have many open doors put in front of us but we fail to walk through them. It does us no good to have opportunities if we never use them.
Paul told us twice to make the most out of every opportunity we have in life (See Ephesians 5:15-16 and Colossians 4:5-6). I love the Amplified Bible’s translation of Colossians 4:5 it says “Making the very most of the time and seizing the opportunity.” You have to go out there and take it. You can’t lay back hoping that the opportunity will come around. You got to “Carpe Diem,” “Seize the Day.” Don’t wait back and let opportunity after opportunity pass you by. Go out and take it!
Unfortunately, we don’t take advantage of every opportunity, chance, and open door we have in life. So why is this? Well we see a story of this particular situation in Judges 3:15-30. God raised up a man named Ehud to deliver the Israelites from the Moabites. Now Ehud was left-handed. Perry Noble, Senior Pastor of NewSpring Church, calls him “Ehud, the left-handed dude.” Being left-handed doesn’t really mean too much for us but when we put it in the context that Ehud came from the tribe of Benjamin, who were all right-handed, then it sort of sticks out. Because Ehud was left-handed, he didn’t fit in with the rest of his tribe, he was the outcast, he was looked down upon; but he also had an opportunities in life that no one else in his tribe had. How many times do we let our differences, our short-comings, or disadvantages get in the way of seizing the opportunities set in front of us? We try to fit in with everyone else, listen to what everyone tells us who we are supposed to be, think that we can’t be used by God because of our differences and , therefore, don’t walk through the door that Jesus has placed right in front of us. God made you the way you are for a reason. Perry Noble always says “You were made on purpose, with a purpose, for a purpose.” Because the way God made you, you have opportunities that no one else has. You were designed specifically the way you are to fulfill God’s plan for your life. Ehud didn’t let being left-handed hold him back from seizing the opportunity put in front of him. He used what everyone else said was a disadvantage as an advantage to do something no one else could. He used his difference to make a difference in the world he lived in.
So whats holding you back from walking through the door that Jesus has put in front of you? What is it that is keeping you from making the most of every opportunity in your life? Take what everyone is telling you is a disadvantage and use it as an advantage to change the world. Use your differences to make a difference in the people’s lives around you in order to advance the kingdom of God. Take hold of your opportunities today!