Not every open door (or even window) is from God. Some come from fellow human beings. Others come from the enemy. Yes, the devil has no qualms setting people up for greatness if it serves his purpose; and he equally has no reservations about destroying them during or after his purpose is achieved.
Divine opportunities: (1) come from God (2) to serve His purpose on earth (3) at an appointed time and season (4) in a manner that matches the configuration He’s given you.
In the marketplace they can take the form of a new job, a new business deal, a new work project, a new business partnership, etc.
There’s more to taking on a divine opportunity than just saying yes to it. Here are some of the things that we need to consider with God as we decide whether to take on the opportunities that come our way:
Are You in this?
Just because it looks big and shiny doesn’t mean it’s good for you or that it’s even from God. Just because it looks small and insignificant doesn’t mean it’s not of God. There are many seemingly “good” things that we do as human beings that have zero involvement from God and many seemingly “insignificant” ones we disregard where He’s greatly at work.
From the get go, you need to decide if you’re willing to take on anything good that comes your way. Or if you’ll be like Moses who stood before God and declared – unless You go with me, I don’t want to move.
12 Moses said to the Lord, “You have been telling me, ‘Lead these people,’ but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. You have said, ‘I know you by name and you have found favor with me.’ 13 If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you. Remember that this nation is your people.”
14 The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
15 Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. 16 How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?”
17 And the Lord said to Moses, “I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.”
– Exodus 33:12-17 NIV
Do You want me in this?
Just because God is doing something with/through person X doesn’t mean you’re automatically a part of that thing or that you should be. To be headed in the same direction is not be appointed to the same lane.
When we try to illegitimately get into someone’s rightful lane, conflict and damage is not far behind. This includes when they unwittingly ask us to partner with them devoid of the leading of the Holy Spirit. If God has not ordained that partnership (and availed the subsequent grace and wisdom required), you’ll struggle to get things done.
Before you say yes to anything that is of God, you need to inquire of Him if He has configured you for it and if His purpose for you in that season includes that thing.
When do You want me in this?
God is a Master at preparation. He will begin to speak and give signs of things ahead of their time so that those involved can position themselves and prepare accordingly.
Unfortunately, due to our lack of patience, we tend to venture into things prematurely and then wonder why they’re not turning out as expected.
The time of speaking and the time of manifestation are rarely one and the same.
If God beings to signal you concerning an upcoming opportunity/assignment, consider it your call to come up higher and enter the realm of further inquiry to find out what you need to do to prepare yourself.
How do You want me in this?
There is order in the kingdom of God. Anytime God speaks concerning a matter, there’s already a divine blueprint in place that matches the purpose to be accomplished.
When you see a divine opportunity, don’t be quick to fill in the gaps for yourself concerning how you’ll steward it. That which is of the Spirit of God can only be stewarded in the Spirit of God and by the Spirit of God. It is us who need to partner with Him rather than demanding He rubber stamp whatever we have deemed as good enough for us.
Let God be the one to tell you what your modus operandi is going to be. After all, isn’t He the One who brought the opportunity your way to begin with?
How do I complement what those beside me are doing?
One of the dangers that comes with getting an opportunity/assignment from God at personal level is that you can easily forget you’re not the only one God is calling upon and sending out. Your role is important; but so is everyone else’s.
The work God intends to do through you is part of a larger vision that is given to the Body of Christ. So it’s not enough to just discern your part in the story. You need to know what those positioned around you are up to.
Otherwise, you may end up either going renegade where you’re trying to complete a group assignment as an individual and getting hammered while at it. Or you’ll wrongly expect everyone around you to be on the same level you are, doing what thing you’re doing, the same way you’re doing it. You may even mistake friend for foe [read: competition] because of your ignorance.
Your inquiry to God concerning any opportunities you’re considering needs to include how what you’re supposed to do will strengthen what has already been done, what’s currently being done and what is to be done in the future. This is what it means to build with eternity in mind.
When is it my time to leave?
Every assignment has a beginning and an end. It could be that what needed to be done has been accomplished. It could also be that your part in the story is over and it’s time to make room for the next person. Whichever the case, just as you prepare for your entry into a divine opportunity you need to prepare for your exit at the appointed time.
It’s a sad affair when the grace of God lifts on an assignment and people continue on as though nothing has happened. It’s indicative that they lost their awareness of and sensitivity to His presence long before He lifted His grace.
You don’t need a loud trumpet to blow right in your ear to indicate that it’s time for you to transition if you’ve been walking with God all along. You’ll know it’s time. And when you do, don’t just drop everything and move on. Let God guide you on when, how and to whom to hand over; as you consider and prepare for where to go next.
Consider the marketplace opportunities you are currently waiting for or in pursuit of in light of the questions above. Adjust and align accordingly.