The Tragedy of Missed Opportunity

Ezra 1:5-2:70

Life is a series of opportunities offered and choices faced. We are ever faced with decisions in every area of life, not the least of which is the spiritual. The Jews faced a choice in regard to an opportunity long ago, and the events of that incident are instructive for us now.

I. The Opportunity They were Offered.

II. The Reaction to the Opportunity.

III. The Implications of this Account.

Let us squarely face the reasons why we hesitate and resolve to move beyond them. When God presents us with opportunities, let us not fail. Letís be ready to move forward for His glory and His honor.

Do you hesitate at the opportunities that God places before you? Opportunities for service, for witness, or for growth? Once again the Apostle Paul said, "I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." (Phil 3:14) Are we pressing on? Why not?