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"Missed Opportunities"

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Dec 14, 2001
Denomination: Pentecostal
Audience: Adults

Summary: If we aren’t careful we miss golden opportunites at the Christmas Season.

“Missed Opportunities”

Text: Luke 2: 1-7

Some years ago at a Resort Area along the East Coast, a small community was having an open town meeting about some financial problems that they were facing.

Among the two dozen or so people was one man no one seemed to know who was apparently visiting in that area & had just dropped in on the meeting.

He started to make a comment once as various projects were considered, but he was interrupted; so for the rest of the time, he kept still, & he left early.

Just as he went out someone arriving late came in, & said breathlessly, “What was he doing here? Is he going to help us?”

The rest of them said, “Who are you talking about? Who was that man?” The person who had just arrived said, “You mean you don’t know? That was John D. Rockefeller.

His yacht is in our harbour. Didn’t you get his help? In despair someone said, “No, we didn’t get his help; we didn’t know who he was!”

p. 2

Have you ever kicked yourself in the Seat of the Pants, because you missed a golden opportunity? I think all of us can relate here!

1. We missed an opportunity to make a Positive Difference in Someone’s Life.

2. We missed an opportunity to be a Blessing to Someone who was Hurting.

3. We missed an opportunity to Witness to a Lost Friend.

4. We missed an opportunity to get a certain job because we weren’t prepared.

p. 3

5. We missed an opportunity to Minister to our Spouse or Children because we were too preoccupied.

6. We missed an opportunity to make an Eternal Difference in a person’s life because we didn’t seize the opportunity.

Has an opportunity ever knocked on your door & you were so caught up in other things, that it slipped through your fingers?

I’m convinced that it has happened to all of us! But I pray that we would wake us to the opportunities around us!

p. 4

Andy Stanley made the statement in his book “Visioneering”, “We don’t need to pray for more Miracles, we just need to be more Sensitive to the opportunities that God brings our way.”

Why is it that some people seem to take advantage of the opportunities that come their way, while others allow opportunities to pass them by?

It’s easy to say, “Well, they were just Lucky.” I don’t think Luck has anything to do with it, they were just more sensitive to the opportunity!

p. 5

I’ll never forget the story about the Shoe salesman that went to Africa. He was there two weeks & he wrote his company back a letter saying, “Please bring me Home, nobody wears shoes over here.”

They sent another salesman in his place & in a couple of weeks, he sent a letter back to the company saying, “Please send all the shoes you can, because nobody where shoes here......”

Some of you might not realize it, but you have the Power to be a Blessing in Someone’s Life even Today! There is opportunity all around you!

p. 6

-But everyone is looking for the “Big Ministry”.

-I’m just waiting for God to Show Me!

-While we are surrounded by Needs!

-Don’t wait for someone else to be a Blessing!

-You be a Blessing!

-Just be faithful in Little Things.

Talk about it...

James Brannon avatar
James Brannon
0 days ago
This sermon is put together with glue from God. I find it extremely helpful as I mine a few nuggets from it. Great Job!
Joe Lopez avatar
Joe Lopez
0 days ago
Lee Gleason avatar
Lee Gleason
0 days ago
You express the Christmas Story in a very different. Very thoughtful and good. I find many good thoughts that are very good. Thank you,
Homer  Henry avatar
Homer Henry
0 days ago
Inspirational, Loved every Word
Adebambo Osibamiro avatar
Adebambo Osibamiro
0 days ago
This is by divine inspiration.May God continue to shower you with His wisdom
C. James Kutz avatar
C. James Kutz
0 days ago
Inspired and beautifully crafted
Neville Andrews avatar
Neville Andrews
0 days ago
Thank you for your God inspired thoughts which challenged me in my ministry. Thank you
Sara Brown avatar
Sara Brown
0 days ago
Great Christmas message. I have some similar notes written in by Bible.
Sara Brown avatar
Sara Brown
0 days ago
I love the way Luke tells the story.
Bret Johnson avatar
Bret Johnson
0 days ago
Unfortunately, the story of Teddy at the end is fictional. The whole story was made up, quite intentionally and obviously. It was a moving work of fiction by Elizabeth Ballard, published in Home Life magazine in 1976 as a work of fiction. You can also go to snopes.com to check veracity.

So, what did you think?

Thank you.