We all want a life that counts for something. Evidence of this truth is found in the DNA of our soul. In the previous blog I introduced the “Triangle of Reformation” as a model for how to capitalize upon our desire to live a life that counts for something bigger than ourselves. An often unspoken key to leveraging this moment in time was uttered by Leonard Ravenhill. He said, “The opportunity of a lifetime must be seized within the lifetime of the opportunity.” This concept is found in the story of Joseph. Psalm 105:19 says this regarding Joseph’s journey with God, “Until the time that his word came to pass, The word of the Lord tested him.” During the lifetime of the word (until it came to pass) Joseph had to seize the opportunity to become like Christ and steward his opportunities.” This truth is critical for us because our lives are but a vapor. We are here one minute, gone the next. Aware of our frailty and “lostness in the sea humanity” spread over the course of history, how do we make sure we leverage passionate spirituality, radical community and missional zeal while we have the chance? We must seize the opportunity within the lifetime of the opportunity. “Great! I got it! What does that mean practically?”
Jesus shed light on this subject captured in Luke’s gospel, the nineteenth chapter. We read the story of Zacchaeus, how hated he was and his desire to see Jesus. Z’ knows that he has the opportunity of lifetime. We know this because of his willingness to climb a tree, welcome Jesus in his home, repent for his sins and repay others for his unjust behavior. Further historical evidence says that Zacchaeus was also called Matthias who became the apostle that replaced Judas Iscariot, found in Acts 1. Z’ had the opportunity of a lifetime and Jesus has the audience attention (Luke 19:11. Jesus shares the parable about the ten minas (for more information read Luke 19:11-27 here.) Jesus’ parable teaches us how to steward the things that he has given us. We risk knowing that a reward is coming and it’s a reward that we give as an act of worship to God. We seize the lifetime of our opportunity by stewardship. We are called to steward “passionate spirituality, radical community and missional zeal.”
The “Triangle of Reformation” is a mina that we have been given to steward, to seize the lifetime of the opportunity to live a life that counts for something.
Now back to Joseph (his life is found in Genesis 37-45). He stewarded his dreams, moments in prison, spiritual gifts, political and national responsibility, forgiveness, taking care of his family and many other things because he knew God was with him. A life that counts for something knows that the value of the life well lived has little do with circumstances, but how those circumstances are moments for the greatness of God to reign supreme. A life that counts for something knows that when we are given the opportunity of lifetime (Jesus passing by) we are to steward and seize the lifetime of that opportunity by investing our “mina” in the “Triangle of Reformation.”