This week a house in our town had all the windows broken by thugs and when our pastor heard of it, he took the opportunity to send some of our young people around to clean up the mess. The woman was blessed and thankful.
The apostle Paul also could see great opportunities hidden in the midst of great opposition and difficulties. “For a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries” (1Corintians 16:9) We are tempted to think that if something is a God opportunity it will be easy. Great people see a great opportunity, not because it will be plain sailing but because they have a plain word from God. Caleb who was old but not withered said “Yes, there are giants in the land but we are not grasshoppers and God is bigger than any giant-sized adversary. Paul could see trouble on both sides of the door but what we saw even clearer were opportunities to serve people and to serve God. Before Paul was a great apostle, he had become a great servant. Jesus modelled for us serving our way to greatness. Mark 10:43 All human beings are wired for greatness. Most of us know inside us that our life was never meant to be ordinary. Greatness is found in serving God and people. Kingdom people think about how they can serve, where they can serve and when they can serve. The greatness of serving is that it is the best way to enter doors of opportunity. It is not always easy to serve your neighbours but when we did, our neighbours got saved. Years ago I worked for the city council, I shared my hope in Jesus with one of the people there with no effect. One day I took the door of opportunity that opened for me to help them with a practical problem at their house, the next Sunday they were at church.
Friend, if you wondering where your next great door of opportunity is, look for some people to serve and do it even if it is difficult. Great people find great opportunities and by the way, you will be great!