July 17, 2012

One Shot

Take advantage of the opportunities God gives you on this earth.

We only get one shot here in this life to do something that will outlast us and outlive us.  We only get one shot on this earth to do something that makes an eternal difference.

One of my favorite quotes is credited to the great theologian Marshall Mathers, III, from Lose Yourself.  “Look, if you had one shot or one opportunity to seize everything you ever wanted in one moment, would you capture it or just let it slip?”  Many of you know that Marshall Mathers is the rapper Eminem, and he has written many things I couldn’t say in church; but this inspiration of his, this is biblical.  It really is.

In the Parable of the Talents, Jesus said, “For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them.  And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability.”

In this parable we see the principle of allocation.  This is important because we’re all allocated a certain number of opportunities to make an eternal difference.  Those opportunities are limited.   I don’t know how many opportunities God is giving me.  You don’t know how many opportunities God is going to give you.  I may have ten eternal opportunities.  You may have a hundred eternal opportunities.  We don’t know how many opportunities we’ll have, but we know this – they’re limited.  For those of you who haven’t chosen to follow Christ yet, you have a certain number of chances to make that eternal decision to become a Christ follower.  This is one of those opportunities.

And everyone who is a Christ follower, you have opportunities, eternal opportunities, to do something to make a difference for all eternity.  Those opportunities come your way, but they’re definitively limited.  That’s what Jesus is saying.  One guy got five talents, one, two talents and one, one talent.  One guy had more eternal opportunities than another guy.  It’s not the number of eternal opportunities you have; it’s what you do with what God gives you.  It’s what you make of the eternal opportunities God gives you.