Opportunity cost as described by Mark Batterson in his book, Chase the Lion, is the “loss of potential gain when an opportunity isn’t seen and seized.”
Opportunity cost is a business term that is one hundred percent applicable to our walk with Jesus. Opportunity cost in our faith life has everything to do with our willingness to allow God to work through us to accomplish his purpose.
But don’t begin until you count the cost.
Jesus, Luke 14:28
Count the Opportunity Cost
Count the cost, Jesus says, as he teaches about the cost of being a disciple.
We tend to think of the immediate and personal cost of things in terms of loss. Loss of time, money, talent, relationships, sweat, and tears. I suppose those listening to him did, too. But what about the potential loss if you choose to do your own thing rather than what God is calling you toward? What will you be missing? What will it cost others—what will they miss?
Opportunities presented by God are always powered by God’s good and loving plan and purpose for your life. Other options serve only to send you on detours or slow you down from your intended path.
Do you count the opportunity cost of what has been offered to you?
Two Keys To Successful Gain
There are two key words in Batterson’s definition,
See With Spiritual Eyes
Years ago, I was invited to give a presentation to hundreds of educators from across the country on how to prepare an excellent report for an on-site accreditation audit.
I declined the invitation. There was no reason for me to reject the offer except one. I was afraid.
I was afraid.
This was very strange because speaking and guiding others was a deep desire of mine. And for a twenty-something female professional building a career, this opportunity was a big deal.
In hindsight it’s clear. I did not see the invitation as an opportunity from God because I wasn’t looking with spiritual eyes. All I could see was my fear. Because I didn’t see it, I didn’t seize it. And I didn’t consider the opportunity cost.What personal, spiritual, and career opportunities did God have planned for me that I missed by declining to step into the opportunity? I may never know.
Where was God leading me that I was afraid and unwilling to go? How was my career and life detoured because I did not see and seize the opportunity? I’m not sure I want to know.
The point is this—as believers we have a responsibility to look with spiritual eyes —beyond the physical at everything and everyone. God wants us to see him at work in our lives and all around us. But if we don’t see with spiritual eyes, we likely neglect to praise and pray about what we’ve seen. And we definitely won’t seize the opportunity given to us.
When Opportunity Knocks
Here I am! I stand at the door and knock.
Sometimes we ignore the knock. Sometimes we hear the knock and open the door a crack to see who or what is on the other side.
If it’s something unexpected, different or scary we may quickly close the door without considering the depth of the message or the Messenger.
When opportunity knocks will you answer? Will you choose to see with spiritual eyes the path Jesus offers? Will you count the opportunity cost? Will you seize the opportunity to do something new and become someone more?
Choose to be intentional about looking at your life through spiritual eyes. When an invitation comes knocking at the door prayerfully and carefully count the opportunity cost so you do not decline what Christ has planned for you to seize.
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