Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Ephesians 5:14-16
Imagine the impact lost from opportunities we don’t make the most of.
My 87-year-old father recently shared that he wished he would have purchased a neighboring farm for $350 an acre back in 1970. Now that farmland is selling for $7,000 an acre! Talk about a missed opportunity!
Now think of ISIS and Islam. The Bible was not translated into the Arabic language until 100 years after Muhammad died. A Bible developed specifically for Arabic speakers was published 900 years after that. What if Muhammad had read the Bible during his lifetime? How different would today’s world be if an Arabic Bible had been available through the last millennium?
It really doesn’t do us much good to think long about past opportunities. Yet, acknowledging them in order to forge ahead with new resolve is what reflection on the past should be all about. I’m personally committing to keeping my eyes wide open in 2015 to see what God’s directing me to do.
In fact, at GNPI we’re asking God to help us be so in step with his Spirit, so enamored with his love, so sure of our calling, that there’s no way we can miss the opportunities he’s setting before us this very day.
Will you join us in that prayer? Will you ask God to clearly reveal what he wants for your life right now? Will you pray that for us as a ministry? There may be no greater opportunity.
We know he’ll give you – and us – the answers we need as we make the most of every moment in 2015. As a result of our collective prayers, God will help us complete The Global Gospel in 25 languages by the end of the year. He’ll add to our ten current NOMaD production teams and the five being trained. He’ll use the 100 Solar Kits you helped sponsor last year (for the third year running) to share the message of Jesus all over the earth. He’ll add to our worldwide staff of 103 GNPI workers, and countless volunteers, as more and more in our network seek to redeem the time.