This morning I was thinking about opportunities.  I work at a television station and have had opportunities to see quite a number of celebrities such as Ricky Martin, Samuel L Jackson, Phil Collins, Billy Dee Williams, Tina Turner, Martin Sheen, Billy Dee Williams, Jennifer Garner, Bradley Cooper, the cast of Felicity and Third Watch.

However, there are two opportunities I missed out on–meeting Sophia Loren when she was here at the station.  I admit that I didn’t find out that she was even here until the following day.  I was disappointed, of course.  And the other opportunity was to meet Timothy Dalton.  I saw him coming towards the building and had ample time to dash down the stairs and accidently run into him.  Instead, I just stood there watching him come closer through the window and my opportunity slip by.  To this day, I still get a little miffed at myself about missing my change to meet Timothy.

I think the biggest opportunity a person ever missed was the rich young ruler.  He met Jesus.  He spoke to Jesus.  Those are two wonderful opportunities right there.  But there is a third.  The young man asked Jesus what good thing he should do in order to have eternal life.  Jesus told him to keep these commandments:  ‘You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not bear false witness,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'” 

The young man assured Jesus that he was already keeping these commandments and asked what it was that he was lacking.  Jesus told him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”  When the young man heard that he went away feeling sad because he had too much at stake.  He had great possessions.

This young man had the greatest opportunity ever–to follow Jesus.  He could have become one of the disciples and minister to others, preach the Gospel and so on but he chose not to because he could not bear to part with his possessions which he will still have to leave behind when he dies.  What a shame.  A golden opportunity passed up for possessions which pale in comparison to the joy he could have had in spending time with Jesus and being a part of His ministry.

Today, if Jesus says to you, “Follow Me” please accept His invitation.  You might not get another opportunity.  Nothing is this world is more important or valuable than Jesus and all that He promises to those who call upon Him.


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