Rejoice for Opportunities
But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity. (Philippians 4:10)
As the Apostle Paul wrote to the church at Philippi, he rejoiced because they had given into the work of the ministry.
Paul didn’t rejoice because of the gift, but he rejoiced to see that those he was teaching were doing the Word and not merely hearing it. He rejoiced because the people were quick to give as soon as the need arose.
Note that he says the only reason that he didn't see an offering from them was that they lacked opportunity. Paul noted that these were people of faith who put their treasure where their hearts were.
Like Paul, we should rejoice when we see people follow the Word at every opportunity.
As parents and grandparents, we should rejoice when we see our children and grandchildren being quick to obey God as soon as He opens doors of opportunity to them.
As leaders in the Christian community, we should rejoice when we see people act on their faith in small and large ways.
We should also be the first to rejoice and celebrate as we see God’s goodness displayed in the lives of those who have been faithful to obey God quickly.
Practical Application – Who can you rejoice with today? Do you know someone who is striving to follow God? Encourage them to use their opportunities to obey the Word. Let them know that you are celebrating with them
2 John 1:4; 3 John 1:3