I love that phrase, “as we have opportunity” or “while we have opportunity” as it is sometimes translated. We are to do good to everyone at every opportunity. When an opportunity presents itself for us to do good to someone, we are to take God up on it and make the most of it. God gives us opportunities each day and in many ways to do good for others. Imagine if we looked out for those opportunities and took advantage of each one.
What keeps you from doing good to all people with every opportunity that you are given? It might help to break it down.
- What keeps you from doing good?
- What keeps you from doing good to all people?
- What keeps you from doing good to all people with every opportunity that you are given?
The two words that I struggle with in this are “doing” and “every”. Doing means that I have to actually do something and that comes against my lazy nature that just wants to hang out and relax. God wants me to get up and do things for others. And every doesn’t mean just once a week or when I get around to it or when it is convenient for me. Every means each time that I’m presented with the opportunity to do good, I do it. Whether it takes extra time or extra effort or extra cost. Just do it!
My life would be so full, so rich,so purposeful, if I took God up on all that He brings my way. One other thing. Can I tell you that we don’t always get a second chance to do good to someone? Sometimes that opportunity presents itself only once. So, go for it when it does! It’s God’s gift to you and to the person you are doing good for.