Gems

Matthew 13:46 Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.

Do you have one verse of scripture that changed your life? Do you have “pearls” of wisdom that help you? I dare say that all the Christians I know have some if not many verses which they rely upon to get them through troubling times. They have verses which help to defend their faith when under attack. They have verses that give hope while their world is crumbling around them.

This morning as I woke up and starting thinking about what God should put on my heart to share, I saw an obscure line of verse that isn’t mind shattering. It isn’t anything to build doctrine upon. It wasn’t salvation based, nor what it wrapped in grace. It tickled me. I used in as a closing line recently. For some if not all, it held no particular meaning. So why did I quote the line? Because at that particular moment I found God speaking to me. A little pearl.

Job 4:12 Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and mine ear received a little thereof.

Secretly brought to me, a private moment, no one but me and God in that moment. Not earth shattering, not life altering, more like two friends sitting on a park bench. In that moment the world and all its woes are gone. Casual conversations do not have to be weighty. For a moment the awesomeness, holiness, and righteousness of God takes a back seat and we laugh together. For a moment.

John 15:15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.

O what a friend I have in Jesus.

Opportunity

Galatians 6:10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men

What does opportunity look like? Is it a man on the street corner with a sign? Is it a call from a friend in need? Is it a prayer request attached to a devotional? Do you have to have opportunity knock on your door before you recognize it?

I witnessed opportunity taken yesterday in an unexpected moment. I wish I could have been the one to do good. I wasn’t. I was attentive to my wife and the moment she was having. I wasn’t listening to a conversation that was happening at the next booth.

“I left my wallet at home and I am out of gas. I have to pick the kids and if you could please bring me some cash for gas.” The man spoke into the phone.

My dear friend heard the conversation, reached into his wallet and gave the man fifteen dollars. I would have done the same, but I wasn’t looking for opportunity. It isn’t a matter of willingness, it is about attention. We get caught up in our own little world, so busy, so important, so personal that the opportunity to do good will often slip by us. I wish I weren’t so single focused. Opportunity does not always come banging for attention.

I thank God my friend saw opportunity and responded with the love of God, blessing the man, blessing God and blessing me as I got to witness Galatians 6:10 in action. Having seen this, knowing it is possible to find opportunity anywhere at any time, I will be more keen to my surroundings.

Ephesians 6:7 With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:

For His sake, in His name.