“because a wide door for effective ministry has opened for me — yet many oppose me.” [1 Corinthians 16:9, HCSB]
No great opportunity to make a difference for Jesus comes without opposition. And you wonder why them good church folks can give you a thousand reasons why something could not or should not be done. The reasons go from budget deficit to lack of human will to the nonsensical, “We’ve never done it before.” I have discovered that waiting for consensus or a majority vote is counterproductive. A leader has to influence not just in words but by his or her actions. “Just do it!”
The church doesn’t lack opportunity; it lacks the will. Such will can only be cultivated by prayer and meditation in the Word of God. Then when great opposition arises, ecumenism is a valid force to maximize the opportunity.
When those in the church can’t or won’t get involved in kingdom matters, align yourself with other disciples, other religious traditions, other groups and take advantage of the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives. One thing is certain, the glory will belong to God.
My point is don’t let opposition negate your opportunity. Do all you can while you can so that God’s name will be praised. Hallelujah!
Published by Earl J. Griffin, Sr.
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