And it came to pass, that as he was come nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way side begging: And hearing the multitude pass by, he asked what it meant. And they told him, that Jesus of Nazareth passeth by. And he cried, saying, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me. And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried so much the more, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me. And Jesus stood, and commanded him to be brought unto him: and when he was come near, he asked him, Saying, What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? And he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight. And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee. And immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God: and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unto God. (Luke 18:35-43)
Today's Morsel: Opportunity. How many times would you say that you have allowed the opportunity to tell someone about Jesus pass you by? An opportunity is a chance, an opening, a break, or prospect. We are all given the same opportunities when it comes to the things of God. But often we allow those opportunities to slip by. Someone said that opportunity only knocks once. Solomon said, "I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all" (Ecclesiastes 9:11). He said everybody has the same chance to win and be a winner. Scripture said of Jesus, "And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord"(Luke 4:16-19). Here was an opportunity for them to have every sickness healed, every weakness made strong, every problem solved, and every life restored. And yet, they kicked Him out. They let their opportunity pass them by. And the Bible said that He did not many miracles in His own hometown because of their unbelief (Matthew 13:58). What about you? Are you going to let the opportunity pass you by this year and not tell someone about Jesus. Are you going to let the opportunity pass you by to teach a home Bible study to someone? What about doing something in your church or supporting a missionary? Remember, opportunity only knocks once; so don't miss your chance.
Sing: I'll say yes, Lord, yes, to Your will and to Your way; I'll say yes, Lord, yes, I will trust You and obey; when Your Spirit speaks to me, with my whole heart I'll agree and my answer will be yes, Lord, yes.