by Tony Nester

Using Your Opportunities
Tony R. Nester
Galatians 6:7-10

I once heard of a history teacher who on the first day of class told his students: "You can take this class one of two ways -- seriously or over."

That's not the choice we get with life -- we don't get to take it over. There's no second time around. That's why I want to talk with you this morning about using our opportunities.

The Bible teaches that we are responsible for what we make of the opportunities that come into our life. God doesn't let us get away with blaming other people for the kind of persons we become.

We all know that life isn't fair. Some people have more money or health or social advantages than do others. Some people have had healthier families in which to grow up than have others. Some people have greater talents, more attractive bodies, better role models than do others.

And yet, in spite of all the unfairness of life, each one of remains spiritually responsible for what we make of ourselves. That's because we all make choices. We choose how we respond to God's grace and love. We choose whether or not we give heed to God's Word. We choose how much attention we give to spiritual realities.

Today's Scripture lesson sums it up in one simple principle: WE REAP WHAT WE SOW. The words are from the Apostle Paul as found in Galatians 6:7-10.
Galatians 6:7-10
(Galatians 6:7-10 NRSV) "Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for you reap whatever you sow. {8} If you sow to your own flesh, you will reap corruption from the flesh; but if you sow to the Spirit, you will reap eternal life from the Spirit. {9} So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up. {10} So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith."

In the light of this Scripture I am going to ask you this morning to accept responsibility for your opportunities. We've just begun a n ...

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