Opportunity refers to a set of circumstances which makes it possible to do or achieve something. The age-old proverb says, “Opportunity knocks only once.” Properly applied, means an opportunity that, if grasped, would definitely give the individual only one chance to do something which would bring fulfillment or yield “super” benefits. Take for example when a prize can be yours if you purchase the winning ticket. If the winner did not embrace the opportunity to buy the winning ticket at the right time, the prize would not be theirs.
Someone said, “Three things that never come back; the spent arrow, the spoken word, and the lost opportunity.” Opportunities come and go leaving us with only two options; either embrace them or let them pass by. Therefore, we must identify and make the very best use of our opportunities because a second chance cannot be guaranteed. Missed opportunities can result in missed possibilities and regrets. However, there are rare times when the missed opportunity presents itself again.
The Bible exhorts us that “while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith” (Galatians 6:10). A major component of the christian life and service is to do good to others in the world and especially those of God’s family, that is, “born-again” Christians. Jesus Christ Himself “went about doing good” (Acts 10:38). Jesus is the perfect example of one who did so much good during His earthly life. He fed the hungry, embraced the outcasts, had compassion on the crowds, healed the sick, and many more good deeds. We are also urged, to“let us not to grow weary in well doing, for in due season we will reap if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9). God will present the opportunity for us to do things which bring honor and glory to Him and blessings to others.
In Luke 10:33, the Bible gives the account of a man traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho who became the victim of thieves who left him half dead. As the helpless man lay there, both a priest and a Levite passed him by without offering to help. Finally, a Samaritan came upon the scene and with compassion rendered aid to the man. The lesson here is that both the priest and the Levite missed a good opportunity to reach out to the man who was desperate for help, but the Samaritan embraced the opportunity and rendered the needed help. As long as life lasts, there will always be opportunity to do good and to help ot