Own Your Opportunities

Take ownership of the things in life that matter the most and make the most of them.

Proverbs 23:23 – Buy the truth, and sell it not.

When we make a purchase, we consider the value of item: is it practical, necessary, helpful?  We assess if it will help me do something or enable me to achieve something.  Some items are worthy of purchase while others are not.  When you buy something, you take ownership of it.  You possess it.  It’s yours to keep and to protect.  The sacred text informs us that there are intangible things that are for sale.  The truth is right in front of us: we have been given opportunities all around us to be believers who can live and lead by Christian values.  We can teach, assist, empower, and encourage those around us.  However, sometimes we can just rent the truth when we should be buying it.  When you rent something, you intend to use it for a time and then give it back.  It’s never really yours; you just use it to get something you want.  Let’s not misuse what we’ve been given.  Let’s not half-heartedly serve or train with the intention to simply “check the box” and move on.  Let’s remain committed to take ownership of the opportunities we’re given every day.

Practical Applications and Considerations

Buy this truth: God wants to hear from you.  One of your greatest opportunities is to speak to the Creator of the world and the Savior of our souls.  Having a desire to talk to God is amazing; knowing God desires to hear from you is awesome!  He made your voice.  He knows your voice.  He wants to hear your voice.  Do not pass up the opportunity to talk to God.

The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry. – Psalm 34:14

Buy this truth: God wants to talk to you.  In any conversation, two people exchange their ideas and insights.  Talking with God is a two-way street.  He not only wants to hear from you, but he wants to speak to you as well.  He has chosen to speak through his inspired word in the Bible.  When you read his words, you discover the mind and heart of God.  He talks to you through those words.  Seize the opportunity to read the letters from the One who loves you the most.

He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. – Psalm 91:15

Buy this truth: God wants to help you.  The Lord knows everything, including the troubles and trials that trip you up and tire you out.  His abilities do not end at his knowledge of your situation; he wants to help you to get through your struggles.  All you have to do is ask for help.  Some of us won’t even ask for directions if they’re lost, which usually costs time and peace.  Don’t let your pride stop you from asking for help.  Reach out to God for his grace and power to help in your time of need.

Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all. – Psalm 34:19

Buy this truth: God wants to use you.  God has a unique plan for your life, similar to a “race” that he designed just for you to run.  Each of us have unique gifts, talents, and abilities to use to make this world a better place.  He gives us godly desires to direct us to specific callings, ministries, and roles to perform in the work of his Kingdom.  Just like in any race, we will get tired as we keep running.  Work is appropriately called “labor” for a reason – it can be exhausting as much as it is rewarding.  If you are weary in your work, draw encouragement from Jesus – who endured much pain in his mission of salvation.  Consider those faithful friends who have gone before us to be victorious in their own races.  You can endure this time in your life.  God wants to you use to do great things for the glory of God and the good of others.  Keep running.  God’s work is worth the effort.

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. – Hebrews 12:1-2

Sacred Values

Honor – We live honorably when we hold our values and virtues in highest esteem.  As Christian, we live honorably when we uphold the truth of God’s word.  We demonstrate its importance as we take ownership of it, meditate on it, live it, and love it.  Are you living to honor God in your actions, attitudes, and activities?

Quote to Remember

“God never made a promise that was too good to be true.” – D.L. Moody

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