Sometimes a knock at the door causes one to jump up in excited anticipation as to who it might be. Then there are those who drag themselves toward the door wondering who might be interrupting their day. Perhaps even opportunity’s knock is approached in a similar way. Since opportunities do not seem to pop up only when invited or follow any set schedule in arising, while there are some who seize opportunities as they arise, others bemoan their interruption. Someone has even said, “A pessimist is someone who complains about the noise when opportunity knocks.” [original source unknown]

   In his letter to the churches of Galatia, Paul urged. . .

      (9) And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. (10) So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith. (Galatians 6:9-10 ESV)

   Here the doing of good is not with a focus on a set schedule, but rather as the opportunities arise. The doing of good is to accompany our going through life. Such even is in imitation of Christ Who Himself “went about doing good” (Acts 10:38) as He walked this earth. As the situations may vary greatly, Jesus noted even the opportunity in trials. Though persecution would not necessarily be what his disciples would invite into their life, Jesus encouraged them that such would be their “opportunity to bear witness.” (Luke 21:12-13)

    Let us guard against knocking the knocks in life since opening the door to opportunities as they arise may literally be the acceptance of God’s invitation for His love to shine in and through us to His glory and praise! May we therefore prepare our minds to do so as we face life’s diverse circumstances and serve to meet various needs of those around us!




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