19th century pastor and hymn writer Phillips Brooks once said, “If there is any good that I can do or any kindness that I can show let me do it quickly for I shall not pass this way again.” We may do something simple like offer a smile or shake someone’s hand. We may express appreciation or pass along a compliment for a job well done. We may stop what we’re doing in order to provide help for a person in need. The key is to do it while the opportunity is there. Tomorrow the opportunity may be lost.
“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” (Galatians 6:10) The Bible is telling us that we should demonstrate help and support for all people, but in reminding us to prioritize our family of believers scripture is preventing us from overlooking or taking for granted the people with whom we share our Church, Bible Study or Ministry. Expressing gratitude to the volunteers at our food pantry may seem unnecessary, but it is one way we make the most of our opportunities. Time is limited.
We read, “Be very careful, then, how you live-not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:15-16 The enemy may be offering us other things to do and say, but God gives us opportunities which align with our gifts and the needs of the world. What a joy to make the most of them! Frederick Buechner said it so well: “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and world’s deep hunger meet.” Let’s have a meeting – today!
Pastor Ken Atchison