22nd February 2018

GRO _ _ _ 

“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defence to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;”
1 Peter 3:15 (NKJV)

The third in our series on GROWTH is focused on the letter, O, which stands for Opportunity. But opportunity for what? Well it could be the opportunity to give in a non-financial manner, or to repair a broken relationship, or we could pray and ask God to give us an opportunity as highlighted in the scripture above. Maybe we don’t usually find opportunities to share our faith, but if we ask for them we had better be prepared for the unexpected.

After a heart attack in October 2016, I was transferred from one hospital to another by ambulance at 5.30 in the morning. I had stated I was a minister when giving my details on admission. So imagine my surprise when the ambulance man who rode in the back with me starting asking me about the difference between Christianity and Islam! Hopefully I was sufficiently awake and alert to respond, but I never imagined the opportunity would come in that situation.

The other important aspect of this point is to recognise when we have an opportunity. Looking back, I can now see situations when I had an opportunity to share the hope that we have, to help someone in a particular situation, to give someone time and encouragement, but did not because I had not seen that it was an opportunity to do so.

As Christians, we need opportunities to grow both within our church and in our daily life; and we need to understand when we are in such a situation. So it a good principle to pray and prepare for the opportunities that God gives us and also to ask that we may recognise them when they come.

Gracious Father, help us to be good ambassadors for you and never waste the opportunities you provide to serve, encourage, help, support and pray for others.
In Jesus name we pray.

Study by Keith Hartrick


About the Author:
Keith Hartrick is an Elder in Grace Communion Church – Leeds, and serves on the Church Council there.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion – Leeds
Garden Village Welfare Association Community Centre
Pendas Way
LS15 8LE

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2PM

Local Congregational Contact:
Malcolm Arnold
Phone: 01484-312347
Email: malcolm701@googlemail.com

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