Missed Opportunities – Be Aware Of Those Around You

Missed Opportunities – Don’t Regret Your Inaction

Have you missed opportunities in your life? Are you staying alert so you are aware when opportunities present themselves? Read: Mark 1:14-20

How many missed opportunities do I experience because I prefer to consider all of the options available longer than necessary? I’m very analytical at times when confronted by a decision I need to make. Other times I am impulsive, usually at the wrong times.

Elisha Didn’t Miss His Opportunity

When called by Elijah to be a prophet for God, Elisha burned his equipment, killed his oxen, and prepared a farewell feast immediately. Would I be willing to make such a sacrifice immediately? Would I forsake all I own to follow God’s command?

The Disciples Jumped At The Chance

When Jesus invited the disciples in the reading, they left and followed him immediately. They had faith that Jesus would provide for them and their obligations. What faith they had! Oh, that my faith was so secure!

In contrast, one man told Jesus he would follow after he buried his father. Saying you wanted to bury your father meant you would wait to bury him until he died. It could have been years before this man was ready to follow Jesus. This is why Jesus replied “Let the dead bury the dead”.

What will you do when Jesus asks you to leave your security and follow Him? What will you do? For me, I’d like to think I’d answer the call, but if I’m honest, I’m not so sure.

Don’t Miss Another Opportunity

Let’s vow to follow Jesus and leave security and familiarity behind. We should find security in God. Our familiarity should be in His Kingdom, as we are not citizens of this world. Our treasure is not here on Earth, but with God in Heaven!

“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him. – Mark 1:17-18