Another missed opportunity was when actor Tom Selleck turned down the role of Indian Jones, which then went to Harrison Ford. That role would have elevated Selleck as a mega-movie star.
Even more stunning of a missed opportunity was when Decca Records turned down the Beatles, claiming that no one wants to see ‘a boy band.” A few years later the Beatles record label bought the bankrupt Decca building to store all the records the Beatles were making.
Short-sightedness can blind a person, such as when Ronald Wayne, a cofounder of Apple, sold his shares for a measly $800 in the early days of Steve Jobs’ company five decades ago. If he had kept his shares in Apple, he would be one of the richest men on earth today.
A missed opportunity is not new, and it reaches back into biblical times just as much as it does today.
Three people turned down the invitation from Jesus to join Him, along with Peter, James and John, to be on the ground floor of building the kingdom of God. The Bible says that there were three reasons why they missed this opportunity to join with Jesus:
Because of the cost Anytime you do anything of significance, it’s going to cost you. There is always a cost to change. If you want to be part of the team, you will be inconvenienced in some way.
As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” Luke 9:57, 58
Servers at church embrace the cost. Motivated by a higher priority, they get involved in serving the Lord in order to make a difference. There is also a reward (not just a cost).
“Truly I tell you,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—along with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.” Mark 10:29-31
When you serve, you discover how God wired you (your gifts). Furthermore, joy is a sure thing when you help people get what they need.
Because of the excuse of timing Life is urgent. The time is now. There’s never a perfect time to get on the team or make a decision.
He said to another man, “Follow me.” But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:59-60
If you never take the step, the opportunity could just pass by. God planted you in Austin with a higher purpose in mind.
Because of the past You may feel unworthy or disqualified to serve in the kingdom of God because of your past. But it’s a myth that you have to straighten out your life to perfection before serving in the church.
Then another said, “I’m ready to follow you, Master, but first excuse me while I get things straightened out at home.” Jesus said, “No procrastination. No backward looks. You can’t put God’s kingdom off till tomorrow. Seize the day.” Luke 9:61-62
Consider the “heroes” in the Bible. Every single one of them had a past. Don’t let your past keep you from your future. The Bible is full of God calling and prodding people into service in spite of their overwhelming sense of inadequacy.
These three people in the biblical story missed out on the greatest adventure and legacy ever. They turned down the ultimate invitation. They could’ve been in the best-selling book of all time. Now we don’t even know their names. These three guys embody the three greatest excuses.
Don’t let the price, your priorities or your past cause you to miss your opportunities. Check out all the volunteer options at Shoreline and say YES today!