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Seizing A Window of Opportunity

But Jesus said, “Let her alone; she has kept this for the day of My burial.  For the poor you have with you always, but Me you do not have always.” John 12:7-8 (NKJV)

Judas couldn’t understand, why would Mary take an alabaster jar containing perfume valued at a year's wages and break it open and pour it out upon Jesus’ head?  To him, this represented waste, as it could have been sold and many poor could have been fed.  And yet Jesus said, “She has done a good work for Me” (Mark 14:6).   He then said, For the poor you have with you always, but Me you do not have always” (John 12:8)—telling them they He would not be with them much longer.

You could say that Mary seized a window of opportunity given to her.  She very well could have missed it as others had, including her sister Martha.  And then there were those women who waited too long to come and anoint Jesus—it was too late, and the window of opportunity had closed (Luke 24:1-3). 

We are given great opportunities each day to make an impact on the lives of others—to serve, to share, to minister, and to lead.  It is up to each of us to say, “Yes” to these opportunities, or we can choose to let them pass.  It is important for us to understand, our time here on earth is limited, and what we do or decline to do will have eternal implications.  Every one of our actions will set something in motion, either for good or for evil. 

Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. Col. 4:5 (NKJV)

For example, as parents, we are given special opportunities to lead and speak into the lives of our children.   The choices we make as fathers and mothers will impact our children, and potentially our grandchildren as well. Truth be told, just about everything we do can impact the lives of those closest to us—how we act, what we speak, what we do—everything. 

I want to encourage you today to seize the window of opportunity while you have the chance.  Let’s make the best of those opportunities like Mary did.  It might cost us a great amount, but whatever we sacrifice it will be minuscule compared to what we receive in return.

STUDY QUESTION: According to the Scriptures contained within this devotional, what could we learn with regard to seizing the opportunities given to us by God?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you looking for, and then choosing to seize the opportunities God is giving you each day?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Let’s seek the Lord daily—to show us the opportunities He has for us.  Let’s ask Him to give us wisdom and discernment to show us how we should move forward when pursuing them.

LET’S PRAY: Father, thank You for Your opportunities You have provided in our lives.  Father, we are sorry for the times we have chosen not to take advantage of what You have provided.  Help us to see these opportunities clearly and to be guided in each one.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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