|Posted by David Kostenberger on September 6, 2012 at 4:05 PM|
The "Great One," Wayne Gretzky, a famous hockey player, once said, “You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.” It's a pathetic and wasted life if one has so many opportunities in front of him and misses them, or doesn't jump out in faith, and glorifies God through those opportunities.
There is nothing more tragic than for a person to totally miss opportunities that God puts right in front of them and then later has regrets about something that they could've done but they didn't do. Ephesians 2:10 says, "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them." This verse is saying that God has put specific opportunities in front of us and all we have to do is go ahead and do them. The main point is to look out for opportunities that God gives you.
Once you recognize opportunities that God gave you, then just jump out in faith and do it. For a person to know what God wants them to do, and not do it is not just bad for the person, it's also sin and disobedience. Romans 14:23b says, "For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin." If you don't take the opportunity by faith, then that is also sin. The main point is to just jump out in faith at every opportunity you have.
Now that you've recognized opportunities and jumped out in faith, you need to show others that it's not you that is doing all of those things, it's God through you. 1 Corinthians 10:31 says, "So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." The main point is to use those opportunities to honor and glorify God.
You don't want to be that person who has opportunities all around them, but doesn't see them or won't take them and then missed so many opportunities to glorify the Creator of the universe. “You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.” Imagine yourself as a hockey player with an open shot, 5 second left in the game, and the score is tied. Are you going to take that shot?