“Take Advantage of the Opportunity”

April 5, 2020 ()

Bible Text: Luke 19: 28-40 |

Palm Sunday
Well, we are all pretty much still stuck in the midst of this Coronavirus crisis.  I'm not sure how many numbers of days or weeks that you and I, the general public or ordinary citizens, have been dealing with the threat and cataclysmic destruction of this virus. However, one thing for sure is that no matter where you fall on the spectrum, if you're on the front lines fighting this thing as a healthcare professional, first responder, clerk in a grocery store, public safety personnel or parent whose suddenly become a homeschool teacher or just simply a person whose patiently waiting in their home for this thing to pass, this is not a sprint-this is more like a marathon.  In other words, it's going to take time to get through this current pandemic.
The reality is that more and more people are getting sick, more and more people are being directly touched by the devastation this disease leaves behind. And as we continue to live under this constant threat, under ever-changing guidelines,  under evolving information by scientists and governmental officials, this is an opportunity that we have to seize and take advantage of. Because God gives us opportunities-whether through good times are horrific experiences- to step up and learn, live, and love on a whole new level! 
As we look at Jesus's triumphal entry into Jerusalem which opens Holy Week on the Christian calendar, we find that Jesus, His disciples, and others take advantage of the opportunity they have to change the world. And there are times in your life and mine that God grants us opportunities to make life better and we don't want to miss them.  In Luke's account of the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, we see that assistance, attention, and attitude are key components to taking advantage of this opportunity. You and I can learn how to take advantage of opportunities in our lives by looking at those Luke writes about in this passage.