In my devotions, I use the book With the Word by Warren Wiersbe to supplement my daily Bible reading. In Matthew 26, Mr. Wiersbe commented on the many opportunities presented in that chapter. Here is an excerpt of his words:
Mary used the opportunity she had for expressing her devotion to Christ, but Judas used that same opportunity to criticize her . . . Jesus eagerly anticipated the opportunity to be with His disciples, even though He knew one would betray Him, one would deny Him , and all would forsake Him . . . Peter miss his opportunities to become strong and be a victor. He boasted when he should have listened, slept when he should have prayed, fought when he should have surrendered . . . But when the opportunity came for him to repent, he wept.
Each day, we're faced with many opportunities. Do I get up and have my devotions, or do I sleep in another 15 minutes? Do I stop to listen to what my children are saying, or do I put them off so I can get this one thing done? Do I turn in my husband's arms when comes behind me and give him a sweet kiss, or do I impatiently shrug him off so I can continue working? Do I get off the computer and accomplish my daily tasks, or do I visit just one more blog? Do I hand a tract to the cashier at the grocery store and invite her to church, or do I give in to fear and promise myself to give her one next time? Do I call that friend the Lord has put on my heart, or do I think she's probably busy and wouldn't want to hear from me anyway? Do I witness to that relative who needs the Lord, or do I worry that he or she might be offended if I speak to them about the Lord?
How we respond to opportunities depends on two things: what we love and what we look for in life. Jesus made the most of every opportunity. His secret was "not my will, but thine, be done." What opportunities will you face today? Who do you love that will cause you to make the most of your opportunities? What are you looking for in life that will make you choose the best over that which is merely good? Use your opportunities wisely today!