Opportunity is a favorable circumstances or an occasion. It comes rarely, its a door that actually opens once in a while. We cannot tell when an opportunity will come.
When an opportunity comes, it’s only a person or a group which benefits from it. In the Bible there are a couple of opportunities that occured and different people snatched them or qualified for them.
One’s position always determine possibility to qualify for the opportunity.
OPPORTUNITIES IN THE BIBLE AND LESSONS LEARNT.
What we need to land on some opportunities:
1. Physical purity
Let your garments always be white, And let your head lack no oil.
You have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white, for they are worthy.
He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.
Then the king’s servants who attended him said: “Let beautiful young virgins be sought for the king;
We learn that physical outlook matters a lot. The Scriptures above have described garments; “let you garments always be white,” signifying physical purity, cleanliness.
“He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life.”
Therefore, undefiled physically, the clean, qualify for unique positions, hence when opportunities knock, the ones with ‘clean garments’ go in first. This includes aspects like humility, relations with people, gentleness, self control, peace, separation from lusts, wickedness and bad company.
Your inner and outer beauty is brought by preservation of God. Proverbs 16:3 Commit your works to the Lord, And your thoughts will be established.
Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.
2. Being prayerful
I Samuel 1:2,6-7,10,20
But Hannah had no children.
because the Lord had closed her womb.
year by year, she went up to the house of the Lord, she wept and did not eat. (Prayed and Fasted)
And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed to the Lord and wept in anguish.
So it came to pass in the process of time that Hannah conceived and bore a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, “Because I have asked for him from the Lord.”
God had closed Hannah’s womb. But because of her consistency in prayers and fasting, God remembered her and she conceived bearing Samuel. Today, to some they have ended up childless for the rest of their lives. Hannah knew that only God would change her situation.
Prayerful people reverse opportunities. Prayers causes opportunities to turn to our sides. (Fasting helps you to be focused while making a fervent prayer, it enhances your seriousness at prayer).
‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’
3. Opportunities come to people who uphold integrity, fearing the Lord despite how the surrounding may be.
Also I said to you, “I am the Lord your God; do not fear the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell.” But you have not obeyed My voice.’ ”
(Israel had disobeyed God)
Now the Angel of the Lord came and sat under the terebinth tree which was in Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, while his son Gideon threshed wheat in the winepress, in order to hide it from the Midianites.
And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him, and said to him, “The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor!”
(God sends His angel to Gideon)
Then the Lord turned to him and said, “Go in this might of yours, and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites. Have I not sent you?”
Despite disobedience of God by Israelites, Gideon had maintained the fear of the Lord. God looked around among Israelites and found favor before Gideon that he used him to deliver Israelites from Midianites. This is how opportunities lands on people, it is those who are standing still, despite the surrounding, be it standing against ignorance, standing out on what is right and truth, and this is what the Lord is looking.
But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.
4. The vigilant in the matters of the kingdom takes the day, they have an history of taking it by force!
Vigilance means being attentive continuously. It entails seeking God in terms of reading the Word, attending fellowships, desiring to know more of God, praying and serving God in terms of finances, time, spreading his word, helping the needy, among others.
So the boys grew. And Esau was a skillful hunter, a man of the field; but Jacob was a mild man, dwelling in tents.
(In tents; meetings were held/getherings (fellowships), teachers of the Law were here, prayers were done here), while Esau the first born of the father (Isaac) was busy hunting!
Now it happened, as soon as Isaac had finished blessing Jacob, and Jacob had scarcely gone out from the presence of Isaac his father, that Esau his brother came in from his hunting.
(Jacob takes the day, he takes the blessings that were not meant to be his, its an opportunity!)
When Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with an exceedingly great and bitter cry, and said to his father, “Bless me—me also, O my father!”
(Esau, the blessings are gone while you were busy hunting)
Opportunities come not by might, neither by strength, but by the grace of God. Jacob always attached himself to the Kingdom of God by vigilantly availing himself in tents, and was liked by his mother, who prepared him for the ‘snatching’ of the blessing, and so was she his “destiny connector, ” while his brother was busy hunting, what pleased his father Isaac, and at the end of the day the same father is blessing Jacob, who he never liked as he did to Esau the first born.
But he said, “Your brother came with deceit and has taken away your blessing.”
This is how vigilance in the Lord brings home opportunities!
Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving;
I Peter 5:8
Be sober, be vigilant;
And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.
Now when the turn came for Esther the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had taken her as his daughter, to go in to the king, she requested nothing but what Hegai the king’s eunuch, the custodian of the women, advised. And Esther obtained favor in the sight of all who saw her.
Esther requests nothing before going for the contest but advise, such humility! The word says she obtained favor in the sight of all those who saw her. Humility promotes positions. It unveils what was covered.
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.
Now Esther had not revealed her family and her people, just as Mordecai had charged her, for Esther obeyed the command of Mordecai as when she was brought up by him.
Esther greatly obeyed Mordecai who brought her up, and at the end Mordecai takes her to the announced contest for the queen at the palace which she won finally.
Obey those who brought you up, helped you along the way, they are there purposely, God allocated you there for your good. Romans 8:28 says, and we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
Jesus comes to Zacchaeus’ house
Now behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich.
And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not because of the crowd, for he was of short stature.
So he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him, for He was going to pass that way.
And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said to him, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house.”
Despite the crowd and Zacchaeus’ short stature so that he could not see Jesus, the desire inside him did not allowed him to let go. His efforts of climbing a sycamore tree enabled him to get an opportunity to host Jesus in his home at the dinner. A desire triggers will power and the will power attracts pathways of opportunities.
The grace of God is sufficient in all dimensions. Share this sermon, may the Lord bless you and make you useful for opportunities, shalom.