The size of your faith will ultimately determine the size of your opportunity. When a limitation comes, do you have enough faith to see it as an opportunity? Every limitation will test your faith.
So ask yourself….. Do I see limitations or opportunities? Do I think limitation before opportunity? What is it that limits my effectiveness?
Rodney Gage spoke at the 2018 Fall Meeting of the Baptist Bible Fellowship International, held at Park Valley Church in Haymarket, Virginia. Using the story of David and Goliath, he shared three lessons about turning limitations into opportunities. I hope it helps you if you have settled for “this is as good as it’s going to get.”
Be encouraged. Winton Churchill once said, “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity. An optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” It really comes down to your attitude. What do you choose to see – difficulty or opportunity?
A great story about turning limitation into opportunity is David and Goliath. In 1 Samuel 17:10-11 Israel’s soldiers were fearful because they focused on the limitation/circumstances. Instead of seeing the size of God they looked at the size of Goliath.
Then the Philistine said, “This day I defy the armies of Israel! Give me a man and let us fight each other.” On hearing the Philistine’s words, Saul and all the Israelites were dismayed and terrified. (1 Samuel 17:10-11)
How can we turn perceived limitations into opportunities? We must develop three attitudes.
1 – Have an opportunity mindset.
You can’t reach what is in front of you until you let go of what you currently have. David let go of being a shepherd and became a warrior.
When everybody else saw a barrier, David saw the possibility.
Israel and the Philistines were drawing up their lines facing each other. David left his things with the keeper of supplies, ran to the battle lines and asked his brothers how they were. As he was talking with them, Goliath, the Philistine champion from Gath, stepped out from his lines and shouted his usual defiance, and David heard it. Whenever the Israelites saw the man, they all fled from him in great fear. (1 Samuel 17:21-24)
Why should God’s people put limitations on God? We may have limits, but God does not. Remember the following promises…
- “If God is for us who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31)
- “With God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)
- “God is “able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,” (Ephesians 3:20)
- “Greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world.” (1 John 4:4)
2 – Stay motivated with a cause.
Remember when the cartoon character, Popeye, was being picked on by Brutus. He could only take it so far. Then he hit his limit and cried, “That’s all I can stands, and I can’t stands no more.” Similar to Popeye, David couldn’t stand it any more. The cause was too great.
David asked the men standing near him, “What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel? Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?” (1 Samuel 17:26)
Saul offered riches, his daughter, and tax free family living to anyone who stood up to Goliath. However, these were not the causes that motivated David. David chose a greater cause – God’s honor. He focused on the cause and took the opportunity.
We often live by sight, rather than faith. This causes us to lose motivation and energy. So we want o quit. We begin to believer the doubters and critic. We lose our why and thus lose our way. The why is that Jesus died and rose again and saves us to spend forever with Him. That should motivate us to reach everyone.
3- Make the most of the opportunities you have.
Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine. (1 Samuel 17:40.)
David took what he had and made the most of it – sling and stones. Similarly, when Moses gave God excuses for not obeying, God asked him, “What is in your hand?” With a stick Moses led Israel out of Egyptian bondage. Jesus used a boy’s 5 loaves and 2 fishes to feed 5,000. Elisha asked a poor woman – What do you have? With her limited oil he multiplied to fulfill all her needs.
Don’t see your limitations. Your limitations are simply opportunities waiting to happen.