We often hear of people being in the right place at the right time. When we talk about those ‘right place, right time’, moments we’re generally thinking of someone gaining benefit for themselves by being just where they need to be at just the right time. It’s as if circumstances come together to bring about something good.
But what about being in the right place at the right time to do someone else good?
While it’s human nature to be looking out for circumstances that might work in our favour, I wonder if we actively seek opportunity to bring a benefit to others. People of faith can talk about how God has blessed them. There’s an understanding that good things come from God’s hands but aren’t we meant to be God’s hands to others? Do we pay any attention to the opportunities God sends our way to do good to other people?
Ephesians 2:1-10 1 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
We have been created in Christ Jesus for ‘good works’. We’ve been put together by the master craftsman to do good and the good stuff we’re meant to be doing has already been prepared for us to do. Our task is to ‘walk in them’.
It seems to me that if we’re meant to be ‘walking in good works’ that have already been ‘prepared beforehand for us’, we should pay some attention to opportunities to do just that. The good news is that the path has already been set before us so we simply need to be in tune with God as we actively seek to be in the right place at the right time to bring about something good for our family, for our friends, for strangers.
I wonder how different our lives would look if instead of praying for God to bless us, we prayed for God to bless others through us. Maybe we need to ask God daily to show us the good works he has prepared beforehand for us to do on this day and for him to give us all we need to walk in those good works.