A Window of Opportunity
“As we have therefore opportunity…” (Galatians 6:10)
When we use the phrase a window of opportunity, we are referring to a small amount of time during which an opportunity is either seized or missed. God has given us a window of opportunity, but the time goes by quickly. James 4:14 reminds us that life is so short.
“In most cases, our window of opportunity is not in the future; it is right now.”
As we study the Word of God, we find that certain individuals capitalized on the opportunities they were given. Jonah had a period of time to answer the call of God and preach to the people of Nineveh. Esther had a window of opportunity to save her people from destruction. Peter had the opportunity to preach at Pentecost.
Today, we have similar opportunities. We have the opportunity to win souls, build churches, impact lives, and accomplish the will of God. Unfortunately, churches come and go. Youth groups that were once thriving are no longer in existence. Sunday school buses that were once filled with children now sit empty. Why? Because someone did not seize the opportunity. If we are not careful, that could be our church, our youth group, or our bus route. We must take advantage of the opportunities that God has given us. In most cases, our window of opportunity is not in the future; it is right now.
We have a window of opportunity to…
1) Make a decision.
As Christians, we have a job to do, and we must decide to get it done. “Say not ye, There are yet four months and then cometh harvest? Behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest” (John 4:35). Let’s decide that we are going to accomplish something great for God. The work is great, and the time is short.
2) Maintain a direction.
Decide what you are going to do, and then be faithful and committed until the task is done. “It is required in stewards that a man be found faithful” (I Corinthians 4:2). One reason that we miss opportunities is that we do not maintain a walk with God. Jonah couldn’t preach a revival until he experienced a personal revival, and we cannot accomplish a work for God without a walk with God.
3) Make a difference.
Jude 22 explains that if we want to make a difference, we must first have compassion. No one would argue that Jesus made the greatest difference in all of history. How did He do it? He first had compassion on the multitudes. He loved people. Don’t miss your window of opportunity to love the people in your city, in your church, in your class, on your bus route, and in your home. I use this quote so often – “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” How true that is!
When there is a window of opportunity, we never know how long we have to take advantage of it. Let’s not waste the opportunities that God has given us.