“So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t live thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.” (Ephesians 5:15-17, NLT)
We have often heard the saying, “Today is the best day of your life.” Perhaps in the timing of God, today will be the greatest day in our lives, for each and every day is full of opportunities. Yet so often, we miss the unfoldings which are right in front of us.
“No servant of the Lord should be content with present attainment; for to be satisfied with what is, it to be a loser of opportunities.”
Every day will present us with opportunities or a call to action – to make a phone call, bring a meal, send a card, open a door for a stranger, smile at a passerby, let someone go in front of us, speak an encouraging word, or make a visit.
Will we follow the nudge, allowing God to move us to follow His directive?
To make the most of every opportunity simply means we make the best possible use of all circumstances. We see the opportunity before us and we do it, not letting the time go to waste.
We seize the chance, getting hold of it and seeing the open door as the means to which our lives can be a display of the kindness of the Lord. We may, or may not ever know the result but we will know we obeyed God and can trust Him to work in and through our actions.
In Ephesians, Paul gives three directives:
- Live wisely.
- Don’t miss the opportunities before you.
- Understand what God would have you to do – today.
“To obey may be the greatest single act of service in my life.”