And when Jesus came to that place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down quickly, because I must stay at your house today.” Lk 19.5
They say that opportunity knocks only once. The phrase means that we have to recognize opportunity when it appears and take advantage of the moment, since we’ll not have another chance.
Jesus shows us another reality. He created his opportunities. He didn’t wait for opportunity to appear. He didn’t wait around for the moment. He by whom the world was created continued creating on earth opportunities to take the Father’s word to people.
In the case of Zacchaeus, Jesus said, “Today salvation has come to this household, because he too is a son of Abraham!” v. 9. Salvation came to Zacchaeus because Jesus made it happen, creating the opportunity to go to the man’s house.
We wait around for opportunity to speak the gospel to people. It may be that the opportunity will never appear. We need to create it.
We wait around for the right moment to obey the gospel. But every day is our opportunity and we just need to drum up the courage to act and do God’s will.
Jesus was never passive. Even in his death, he took the positive action of doing God’s will. He always acted, going among people, speaking to them about God’s kingdom, intervening in people’s lives to offer them salvation.
His people do the same. They do not wait for someone to show up on their doorstep asking to study. They always take the initiative. They act, from beginning to end, with faith in the power of the gospel.
Father, show us where we can create opportunities for faith.
This meditation was translated from the Portuguese-language devotional site, Deus Conosco.