Colossians 4:5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.
If you take the word resourcefulness to its roots, it means to ‘reuse what springs forth to its full capacity.’ Opportunities are situations that ‘spring forth’. Opportunities are all around you – some are always there for you to take up, while others just spring out of nowhere. We need to make the most out of every opportunity.
Colossians chapter 3 verses 23 encourage us that whatever our hands find to do do it with all our hearts as working for the LORD not man. Enthusiasm now works in perfectly. When an opportunity arises, take it, pound it, squeeze it, compress it, wear it out like a pair of socks, and don’t let it go until you have every atom used up. Then you will have been resourceful with the resource of opportunities that are around you.
In Ephesians 5:16, it says to make…. “The most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” Who knows what good opportunities come to those who seek them? If we don’t make our life worth something – don’t make our work, actions or words count – the days will be overcome by evil. There are endless opportunities we can take in life, and they all lead somewhere different, surprising and special.
Not a lot of people have probably heard of Jan Ernst Matzeliger. He lived in the mid-1800’s, as a poor shoemaker. Ever since he was a boy, he had been poor, but that didn’t stop his creativity. Before he reached 35, he had made a machine that increased the workload of shoemaking from 50 pairs to 75 pairs a day, and later altered the machine to make up to 700 pairs of shoes a day!
Matzeliger took a risk when he decided to build such a machine – he was already poor; who knew what would have happened to him if he had failed. But he didn’t fail; he took the opportunities that awaited him and made them worth something… made his life worth something.
Take the opportunities that come your way to learn, bless others and grow. We just don’t know where those opportunities are going to lead us. When they do start to lead you somewhere, don’t be scared to jump forward and take a risk to make your life count. An abundance of opportunities await every one of us… so don’t let the floor be your ceiling.