One Shot Opportunity (Acts 8:34-35)
Acts 8:34-35, And the eunuch answered Philip,
and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of
some other man? Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.
Don Calhoun worked for five dollars an hour at an office supply store in the twin-city of Bloomington-Normal, Illinois. He had been to two Chicago Bulls basketball games in his life and was about to attend a third. When he entered the stadium, he was approached by a woman who worked for the Bulls organization and she told him they selected him to take part in a promotional event during the game called The Million Dollar Shot.
The Shot came after a time-out in the third quarter of the game. If Mr. Calhoun could shoot a basket standing seventy-nine feet away or behind the free-throw line at the other end of the court, he would win one million dollars. Don was no stranger to basketball. He played at the Bloomington YMCA. He never tried a shot like this before. He took the ball in his hands and looked over at Michael Jordan and the rest of the Bulls who were rooting for him.
He stepped to the line and shot the ball. As soon as it left his hands, the coach Phil Jackson said, "It's good!" Indeed, the ball went through the basket and the crowd went wild! Don rushed into the arms of Michael Jordan and the team slapped him on the back with congratulations. Don went home that night with two dollars in his pocket, but he would receive $50,000 a year for the next twenty years.
God has a plan for the world, and He wants us to take part in it. He gives us but one lifetime to participate. We must be wise and seize the opportunity to share our faith in Christ. You may be given a great opportunity over the next week: a volunteer position at church, an open door to share your faith or give an encouraging word to a friend, an opportunity to stand up for someone who is being mistreated, or a platform to proclaim the truth. Learn to see each opportunity to serve God and bless others as part of His plan for your life. Never view an opportunity as being below you or as something you will get around to doing later on. God wants you to respond with humility and without delay. His opportunities may only knock once.
One action, one decision, one moment can change your entire life. This is what happens when you trust Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour. Trusting in Him will change your life for eternity! We must seize the opportunity to proclaim the Gospel to those who need Christ. What opportunities to proclaim the Gospel will God put before you today and will you seize the opportunity?
PRAYER: Lord, thank You for Your wonderful gift of the Gospel. Help me to have spiritual discernment to Your leading to help share what has impacted me. Give me the courage and the words to share with any person You direct me to meet. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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