This week we celebrated our first “VISION SUNDAY” where we looked at God’s work within the church in 2008 and anticipated opportunities He’s giving us in 2009.
We often find it easier to detect God’s involvement in retrospect than we do his guidance in advance. One speaker I have heard describes opportunities to share God’s love and Gospel as “divine appointments”. The opportunity to carry an elderly lady’s groceries to the car, or to listen to your doctor’s receptionist gripe, are not just chance happenings, but situations that God has chosen to place us in. Philip’s miraculous transportation in Acts 8 demonstrates an extreme instance of “divine appointment”.
I’m not sure that I agree with this level of daily intervention on God’s part, (Does he really engineer 3 people (and only 3) to arrive at the bank before me so that I get that particular teller?) but I do think the mindset is important. Is there a particular word of encouragement that God want’s me to say this this bank teller today, whichever one I get? Since I’ve been assigned to work with this colleague today, can God use this as an opportunity to invite this person to my Growth Group? What’s God been doing in this person’s life that he can use me to add to? I believe that a good congregational example of this is our decision to start a Financial Counselling Ministry through Crown Financial Ministries 6 months before the nation’s economic situation became really dire. Was this just coincidence, or was the Holy Spirit prompting us because God wanted to use us?
One verse that comes to mind in this discussion is Lawson Road’s theme for this year, 1 Corinthians 3:16 where the Apostle Paul refers to himself as God’s “coworker”. If God never stops working, should we?
Have you ever been on the receiving end of a divine appointment, where someone you wouldn’t expect was able to give you just the right word of encouragement or advice at just the right time? Has God ever used you to bless someone in this way?
How can we train ourselves to better see God’s opportunities?