Life is full of opportunities, but they say opportunity knocks once. As I am reading a lesson on Pre-encounter to an Encounter with God, opportunities are in abundance. It changes my outlook on opportunities. As long as we live, we could have these opportunities, the four wonderful opportunities that would change us ...
1) The Encounter Opportunity
This struck me the most..no matter how far we have strayed from God, we can STOP right now and TURN BACK to Him. Remember the story of the prodigal son? The son made the decision to return to his father's house looking for a second chance. (Luke 15:11-20), we can do the same thing by deciding to have an encounter with our Father God. Anyone ...ANY ONE .. who desires to have an encounter with God CAN do so. God is always close to us, as close as the air we breath."We are His offspring"(Acts 17:27-28).
"You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart." - Jeremiah 29:13
2) The Reconciliation Opportunity
We can have a true reconciliation with anyone if we recognize our sins, our faults and ask for forgiveness. Same thing with our God, ACKNOWLEDGING our sins, REPENTANCE and ASKING for His forgiveness, and RENOUNCING all the evil we have committed. When we do this, God stretches forth His merciful hand toward us. 1 John 1:9 assures us: If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and purify us from all unrighteousness. Just like the prodigal son, seeing his fallen condition he decided to come back so as not to stay in that condition and take the risk to find a new opportunity. An opportunity to be with his father's place once again.
"I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against You. I am no longer worthy to be called Your son; make me like one of your servant men." - Luke 15:18-19
3) The Restoration Opportunity
As to how an old painting is being restored by its painter, a new set of coloring kit is being dab and a time spent to bring back its natural and original beauty, God does it to His sons. All of our sins deserve punishment, but God allowed His Son Jesus Christ to take our place and pay for our sin. Just like the father in the prodigal son, he decided to restore his lost son's dignity when he came back and ask for his forgiveness. He ordered a fattened calf to be a sacrifice in honor of his son's return.
"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this; while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." - Romans 5:8
4) The Provision Opportunity
As children of God, we have all the privileges that we could enjoy. God considers us His dear children, making us participants of the same riches and glory as Jesus Christ. Once, we had lost these privileges because of sin. Coming back to Him, He dresses us in the best garments, puts the best shoes on us and gives us the ring that represents the authority we now enjoy as His children and heirs. God treats us as His beloved children .
"Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God." - John 1:12
In general, when there is an opportunity, there will be an encounter of a new task, a new life. Opportunities would open us new door to a new beginning. Specifically, these opportunities are always available to us, a life changing opportunities to begin with.
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