I once heard Bishop TD Jakes say, "Your opposition is your opportunity," and I was excited about that. I was pumped to hear someone spin life's negativity into a positive light. It sounded so goooood. I even retweeted it and posted it to my stories. I wanted to share the light even though I wasn't completely sure how to walk in it.
Fast forward several years....Can I tell you how many times I let opposition keep me out of rooms I should've walked into like I owned them? Can I tell you how many times I let opposition make me feel like a outsider when I should've felt like a KING'S KID?
My dad taught me that the difference between knowledge and wisdom was that knowledge knows but wisdom puts knowledge into action.
If my opposition is truly my opportunity, then Lord, increase my faith! I know, but I need to be wise! I see my opposition(s), but how do I turn it into opportunity?
I remember, growing up, watching game shows on TV. The contestants would be called out of the audience or picked in advance for the chance to win some extraordinary prize that they’d scarcely be able to afford on their own.
I remember watching some jump for joy after winning the Grand Prize, a car or boat or even a trip around the world.
Then there were the people who lost and were subsequently awarded the “consolation prize” which was usually something like a year’s supply of rice-a-roni, the San Francisco treat. As if eating rice everyday could make up for missing out on a free trip to around the world.
But it dawned on me one day... that’s how we treat Jesus most days, like rice-roni. Like He’s not what we really wanted, but He comes in handy when we’re really hungry or just really in need.
Doesn’t that sound kind of crazy? How do we get to the point of placing the Savior of our souls in the same category as rice? -like He’s not what we want either, but at least we got something -Jesus. Is He just our consolation prize or who we truly seek after?
"What's Going On?" Marvin Gaye sang that song. It was released in 1971 and about the state of the country and the world at that time. Take a look at the lyrics....It's funny how something written almost 50 years ago could still be so relevant today.
But my question for you is in the midst of everything that's going on, what's going on with you?
When the world seemingly shut down, did you? When tensions rose, how did you hold steady? When your future endeavors became unsure, what did you hold on to for security?
The Word teaches us that in the midst of any and everything, GOD does not change. HE remains the same. So, since HE remains the same, are we acting like it?
During this pandemic, did we thrive or just survive? Did we react or respond? Did we
give pursuit or give up?
GOD is LOVE, and since GOD did not change, neither did his love and commitment to each of us believers! So what does that mean for us...for you?
Even in these "uncertain times," what is GOD still committed to for you, and what commitment is HE still expecting?
The grocery stores, gyms, and even churches may have changed the WAY we do things, but the goal(s) remain the same. We're talking about personal, Christian responsibility...What's yours?
"For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed." -Malachi 3:6
"You must unlearn what you have learned." Those aren't my words; they're Yoda's - you know, from "Star Wars?" Well, whether you know him or not, what he said is true.
You do know that everything you've been taught and everything you've experienced isn't all right, -right?
The Bible urges us to not conform to the patterns of the world, but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds, so we can figure out what GOD's will is for our lives.
Bottom line: when we learn better, we can serve God better with clearer purpose for our lives!
Do you ever ask yourself, "What are the things I understand about life that may not actually be right or God's will for me?" -Maybe you should?
"Don’t be conformed to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds so that you can figure out what God’s will is—what is good and pleasing and mature." - Romans 12:2
"Examine yourselves to see if you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Don’t you understand that Jesus Christ is in you? Unless, of course, you fail the test." - 2 Corinthians 13:5
What's your "One Thing?" What's the thing you could do all day, or the thing you'd do without being paid? What is it that God has placed a love inside of you for, that seems to be your place of peace or true joy?
Have you ever really asked yourself those questions? Have you paid enough attention to yourself to notice what your "one thing" is? If you know what it is, have you really invested yourself into it? -really ever given yourself wholeheartedly into its practice, preparation, and purpose?
I know, I know... you're young. But what if being young wasn't an excuse to be random and more of a way to be even better at the thing God has given you to do? -more time to fine-tune your "instrument?"
What if you really committed? What could you do?
Just food thought, so think about it.