(Sunday Message for May 6th, 2018)
As you wait while preparing, do not miss the opportunity.
【Scripture】 Matthew 24:44
So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.
Hallelujah! May the blessings of the eternal love of God, the peace of the Holy Son,
the fiery love of the Holy Spirit, and the inspiration, movement, and working of the Word fill you abundantly.
To whom does the opportunity come?
Opportunities come to those who sincerely want what they had hoped and wished for in the past to be fulfilled.
Opportunities do not come to just anyone.
Opportunities come because they set ‘the condition’ before Heaven.
Even if they are the owners of the opportunity,
if they misjudge the situation at that time, they might lose that opportunity.
It’s always the case that opportunities do not just come, but that other things also come together.
In other words, let’s say a good opportunity has come before you,
but at the same time, there are other things to do.
So, while doing those other things, you lose the opportunity because you failed to center on it.
Opportunities come like ‘a coincidence.’
Therefore, you need to empty your own thoughts, and take action while entrusting them to God.
You have to take action until the end to see what is an opportunity.
You have to take action until the end to know
that ‘you have grabbed an opportunity, that you have taken action at the time of the opportunity.’
For some opportunities, they come every day;
for some, they come once in a few weeks, or once in a few months;
for some, they come once a year, once in two years, or once in ten years.
Opportunity is ‘the work that God is carrying out.’
You are doing your portion of the work from the work that God is carrying out.
Many people want the opportunity, and they also enjoy it because it has come to them.
But there are also times when they lose this opportunity.
Therefore, you need to take action as much as you can at each time.
Don’t try to take action only with a lot of time,
but know that you gain ‘the opportunity’ even with a little time;
therefore, you need to take action wisely at each time.
No matter what you do, all of you should be prepared wherever you go
and get it done when the opportunity comes.
Only then will God take action through your body at each time.
Once you miss the time and opportunity,
the next time and opportunity will come after a year or three years.
Opportunities come every day,
so I hope that you will not miss the opportunity but rule over it as the owner!
God’s time, that is, the opportunity that God gives, comes like a thief.
Therefore, not just anyone can receive that time. We can only prepare.
Only those who have prepared can receive the ‘opportunity that comes like a thief.’
Therefore, you have to always prepare and be ready, and receive the appropriate time.
Today’s main Scripture, Matthew 24:44, says,
『So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.』
At Jesus’ time, the Samaritan woman also met Jesus by the well at a time she did not expect.
But she grabbed the opportunity and fulfilled her wish because she had always prepared and petitioned.
The same is true in this time period.
You should always be preparing, and not miss the opportunity.
You should [wait] while preparing, and take action as fast as light when the opportunity comes!
And as you take action, you should ask to be able to take action
with the Holy Spirit and the Lord.
The opportunity passes in an instant.
However, if you grab that swiftly passing opportunity,
it will not pass at that instant but ‘over a period of time.’
If you seize the opportunity, you can do the ‘things you should do’ within that opportune time.
I hope that you will realize about God who takes action like a thief,
and always take action in a prepared state.
Only when you are prepared will you grab the ‘opportunity’ through that preparation,
when something that you have been hoping for comes.
Therefore, I hope that you will prepare your heart, thoughts, body, and deeds
in appropriate ways, according to what you want.
You have to make sure to prepare the things that pertain to the thing you want
and take action to the end.
Those who take action like this are ‘blessed.’
I bless you to be full of the love and grace of God, the Holy Spirit, and the Lord.