THE WORD: Life’s opportunities 

“The Parable of the Talents” (circa 1652) is a drawing by Rembrandt in the collection of the Louvre, Paris. (Public Domain).  

“Make the most of every opportunity.” Colossians 4:5 


Our days come to us filled with opportunities for gathering knowledge, growing wise, growing in character, becoming stronger, truer, purer, nobler, more Christ-like, doing heroic things for Christ, performing caring ministries, and rendering sweet services in Christ’s name, to those who need loving sympathy and deeds of kindness.  

Opportunities come to every Christian. They continually come on all the ordinary days — and oftentimes in the simplest common things. Yet the trouble with too many of us, is that we do not improve upon them, and do not seize them as they arrive. 

“Be very careful, then, how you live — not as unwise but as wise — making the most of the time” Ephesians 5:15-16  

Our days, as God gives them to us — are like beautiful summer fields. The hours are like trees with their rich fruit, or vines with their blossoms of purple clusters.  

The minutes are blooming flowers, and silvery blades of grass, and stalks of wheat with their golden grains.  

Oh the endless, blessed possibilities of the days and hours and minutes — as they come to us from God’s hands. But what did you do with yesterday? How does the little acre of that one day look to you now?

What are you doing with your time? Every moment God gives us, has in it a possibility of beauty or usefulness — as well as something to be accounted for. Are we using our time for God?

“Show me, O Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life” Psalm 39:4  


“I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work.” John 9:4  


J.R. Miller was a pastor and former editorial superintendent of the Presbyterian Board of Publication from 1880 to 1911. His works are now in the public domain.