Pastor's Note

Pastor's Note

A word from Rev. John Alsbrooks, Pastor

"Opportunity?"

How often have you let opportunity pass you by? I can think of several in my life. Maybe it was a once in a lifetime chance to purchase a piece of property, or make an investment, or make it right with a friend. Yes, I'm sure that many of us can remember instances when we have missed the opportunity.

There is an old saying that goes something like; "The door of opportunity only knocks once." Then I found this one, "The door of opportunity won't open unless you do some pushing."

In the book of Galatians chapter 6:10, Paul writes, "Therefore, as we have the opportunity, let us do good to all….."

We are always talking about missing the opportunity to do something. As I see it, opportunity is always around. It is up to us to open the door and push through. It is up to us to be mentally and physically fit to accept the challenge of opportunity and above all we must be spiritually fit to discern the right time to push open the door.

Now opportunity is not necessarily an act of selfishness or an act to increase our own welfare. Paul talks about opportunity as an act to help others. He goes on to say that we should be especially concerned to those of the "household of faith."

We need to care about other believers. We are the ones that need to help push the door for others.

Pushing the door for others means to me a sharing of our Christian story. Many people today accept a number of myths about Christianity, with the result that they never respond to Jesus as He really is.

The Galatians had become children of God, but before that they were in bondage to sin, to the "elements of the world" (Gal. 4:3). As slaves to sin, they had no rights before God. He owed them nothing. They belonged to sin, which they were forced to serve. Emancipation from that position had to come from a source other than their own power, ingenuity, or morality.

Such is the plight of all sinners before God--helpless and hopeless. But just as God gave life, resources, and responsibility to humanity in the beginning (Gen. 1:26-2:4), so now, He has given Christ His Son to rescue or "redeem" people from sin and grant them all the privileges of adoption into the family of God. No one deserves that, which is why receiving Christ's new life and the rights therein is truly a gift--an opportunity of a lifetime!

If as believers we have received these treasures from God, then we ought to let others know that the same opportunity is available to them.

So, this coming week don't let the opportunity pass. Go out and do some pushing on that door and as Paul said, "..as we have the opportunity do good to all."

Or as John Wesley said, "Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all he ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can."

Looking forward to worshiping with you each Sunday of October. The body of Christ that has open doors, open minds and open hearts!

See you Sunday!

God's Grace,

Pastor