Posted by: peebles | June 22, 2010

Ephesians 5:16 (NIV) making the most of every opportunity.

  Ephesians 5:16 (NIV) making the most of every opportunity. 

As I travelled along the road in my car to go to the shop to get the weekly groceries, about ten yards in front of me, I could see that a car had pulled over with its hazard lights flashing. Other cars just passed by and went on their way, but the closer I got to the vehicle I could see that one tyre was flat. So without thinking, I pulled over in front of the vehicle and approached the driver. It was a woman with a child in the back seat; the child was no more than a few months old. I asked if she would like a hand to change the tyre, as it would only take about ten minutes. Her baby was crying and the mother looked a bit distressed. So I said, “I’ll tell you what, why don’t you attend to your baby and I will change this tyre.” She told me that she had phoned the recovery company and they would try to be there within the hour. So, I quickly changed the tyre and the woman was so thankful. I then said, “Any Christian worth their salt would have done the same.” And then I told her that God loves her. She burst into tears. My first reaction was, “Oh no, what have I done?” Then the woman went on to tell me that she used to go to church, but felt so far away from God, and wanted, so much, to hear someone tell her that God still loves her. I may never see that woman or her child again, but I made the most of my opportunity to share the gospel. 

William Penn (1644 – 1718), who was a Quaker and founder member of Pennsylvania, U.S.A., once wrote, “I expect to pass through this life but once. If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again.”

Elvis Presley (1935 – 1977) had an interesting view on what William Penn wrote; he said this, “You only pass through this life once; you don’t come back for an encore.”

In 1953, reporters gathered at a Chicago railway station waiting to meet the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize winner. He was a big man, six-feet-four, with bushy hair and a large moustache. Reporters were excited to see him and expressed what an honour it was to meet him. Cameras were flashing, compliments were being expressed—but seeing beyond the adulation the visitor noticed an elderly Afro-American woman struggling to carry her two large suitcases. “Excuse me,” he said as he went to the aid of this woman. Picking up her cases, he escorted her to a bus and then apologized to the reporters for keeping them waiting. The man was Dr. Albert Schweitzer, the famous missionary-doctor who had invested his life helping poor and sick people in Africa. A member of the reception committee remarked to one of the reporters, “That’s the first time I ever saw a sermon walking.”

My friend, you can make a difference to the lives of those who you come in contact with in your everyday life by simply being Christ-like in your attitude towards the “whosoever”. You, too, can be a walking sermon by letting your actions speak louder than your words. This day, may you combine your words and your actions to bring glory to God in all that you say and do for His kingdom. Love more than necessary, love without making a fuss about it, because it is part of your spiritual DNA to reach out in the character, the compassion and the practical love of Jesus, and live as a walking sermon so people will see your deeds, done with love in Jesus’ name, and glorify your Father in heaven. Every day you have an opportunity to fulfil our text for today, to live life on purpose and for His purpose by applying our text for today in your life as the Bible says in Ephesians 5:16 (NIV) Making the most of every opportunity. 

God bless you my friend, Matthew.

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