I love the word opportunity. So much of seeing opportunity is shaped by your perspective on life. This passage is talking about some serious persecution. I have never experienced this kind of persecution, so I looked at this in terms of hard times, discouragement, disharmony and life's struggles - particularly those that seem unjust.
When we are experiencing something like this or perhaps even a more serious form of persecution, we have a choice in how we respond.
If I want to blend in with the crowd, I will . . .
*have a pity party
If I want to stand out, I will . . .
*look for what God is doing
*remember the many blessings I have even in the midst of a struggle
*own up to my part of the problem
*focus on the Lord - not on the situation
*let the light of Jesus shine through
*give testimony of His goodness in all circumstances
*take every opportunity to exhibit genuine faith
*trust the Lord for the words I need
Will I complain or proclaim?
I can tell you which one is easier and which one comes naturally :-)
I want to be different.
I was to be a spiritual opportunist.
With Jesus, I want to be brave.
I want to proclaim His goodness in each and every situation in my life.
I want to be a walking, living, breathing testimony of His life changing power.
I want faith to replace fear.
I want courage to replace timidity.
I want Jesus to glorified - at all times, in all circumstances and for all to see.
Will you COMPLAIN or will you PROCLAIM?