As you’re praying and listening to God for what he would have you do, he will likely show you areas where—if you invested time or energy—the results could be very fruitful. These are the opportunities. Often in ministry we are accustomed to looking only at the needs… and certainly needs are something we should be concerned with and should meet.

Yet we don’t want to become so focused on the needs that we miss the opportunities. Where could we with limited energy make the biggest difference? Sometimes starting with a big opportunity can end up meeting even more needs in the long-run… even when we don’t see the whole picture ahead of time.

Think of your own situation. Where are the needs? Where are the opportunities? What are you sensing from God?