Wednesday: November 25, 2020
Luke 21:12-13 But before all this, they will seize you and persecute you. They will hand you over to synagogues and put you in prison, and you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of my name. This will be your opportunity to bear witness.
We are in the era of ‘vaccine wars’ where in the space a week, pharmaceutical companies have released preliminary data on different vaccines against Covid-19. Each company reported over 90% efficacy and that is good news given that the effectiveness of the regular flu vaccine hovers between 40 and 60%.
This message is not a campaign for big pharma, but something in one of these reports fits into today’s text. The team involved in the Oxford-AstraZeneca Vaccine development reported 62% and 90% effectiveness when their vaccine is given in two divided doses a month apart. The higher percentage is attributed to a lower initial dose and a full does in the second time while the 62% was identified in those who took two full doses. And from the words of a representative, that discovery was made due to a dosing error in that arm of the clinical trial. However, they continued with this regimen hence the results.
So my question to you is ‘how do you see your current situation?’ It is clearly difficult to see opportunity when you are facing persecution but Jesus sees it as exactly that: ‘an opportunity to make him known’. So my question again: How do you see your current situation? Is it worst case scenario or is it an opportunity to do something more?
We are always on the lookout for something big, a grand opportunity that will open unto us a door of infinite pathways. Yet, we have this to also ponder on: ‘have you ever considered the life you have as an opportunity? Sweetheart, Perhaps you are yet to secure your dream job or dream home and are still some way off your very best because opportunities have not presented themselves. But today, Jesus suggests to us that “opportunities will not always look crystal clear and sometimes, they will be encapsulated by other things.
Perhaps, God is only waiting for you to acknowledge that your life in itself is an opportunity and in living that life to its fullest, other available doors will become visible to you.