Work Windows

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I’ve been making my way through Operation World’s 60 Day Prayer Experience and was struck by this description of Hungary:

The openness of the post-Communist 1990s has passed. It is now increasingly difficult to openly witness – restrictions forbid teachers, doctors and such from sharing their faith in the workplace. The Church failed to respond adequately to the window of opportunity that is now largely closed. 

Wow. That’s sobering.

Now, God is a big God. Nothing is too hard for him. He works in all situations for the good of those who love him.  And there’s a reason he calls us to pray.

But we also live in a world where people are free to make their own choices – both good and bad. We’re not actors going through a pre-determined script; we’re co-creators, living in and shaping an ever-changing story.

In the midst of all this, God has invited us to partner with him in advancing the plot towards his will. Yes, we know that it all ends well, but there’s a lot up for grabs between now and then.

Ephesians 2:10 says,

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

I love that verse. It means that God has specific tasks, assignments, missions, and opportunities he’s prepared for us to do while we’re here on this Earth.

But Paul goes on to say,

“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise,  making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” (Ephesians 5:15-17)

Yes, God has amazing missions for you and I to complete, but we can miss them. We can choose to ignore, avoid, or waste them. We can let fear, laziness, a lack of faith, and a host of other things hold us back – like the steward who hid the master’s money instead of investing it.

You see, all of the ministry opportunities God gives us come with work windows attached. They’re available for a limited-time only.

Death may be the ultimate deadline, but work windows often close long before then because people change, seasons change, circumstances change, etc. We don’t always know how long our work windows will be open, so we need to make the most of the time we’ve been given.

What work is God calling you to do right now? Don’t miss your window.

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