More Divine Opportunities
We don't know what the year 2009 holds for us, and given some of the grim economic forecasts, we can do without the speculative details. Worry over what's ahead isn't something the Lord wants us to do. In fact, it's both fruitless and faithless. Jesus would have us take heed to His words, which though heaven and earth pass away, they will not:
"Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Which of you by taking thought [worry!] can add one cubit unto his stature? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you" (Matthew:6:25, 27, 31-33).
The Lord will cover us, yet He wants to do it through His followers, just as the Apostle Paul became the opportunity for the believers at Philippi to minister to him. Although he was in need, and appreciated their support, Paul was even more thankful that they could have the experience of being used of Lord bearing "fruit [that would] abound to your account [their eternal treasury]" (Philippians:4:10-19).
I pray the saints, whether they become the opportunity for others or see others as their opportunity to be the Lord's instruments of blessing, will take advantage of whatever lies ahead knowing that however we are involved, our participation "worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory" (2 Corinthians:4:17).