Seize the Opportunity
“Behave yourselves wisely [living prudently and with discretion] in your relations with those of the outside world (the non-Christians), making the very most of the time and seizing (buying up) the opportunity.” (Colossians 4:5, AMP)
I’m drawn to the last phrase of this verse. At the beginning, Paul says we should behave wisely with non-Christians and follow this directive, “making the very most of the time and seizing (buying up) the opportunity.” Webster’s defines “seize” as: to take hold of suddenly or forcibly; grasp; to take possession of by force or at will. As a Christian, are you making the most of every moment. Are you seizing moments of opportunity when you interact with non-Christians?
As Children of Light, we are urged to be a source of light in a dark and lost world. Are you grasping the opportunity to shine your light into the darkness of an unbeliever’s life? I often say that as a group, Christians, are known for the symbols that we use (cross, fish, dove, and lion) to identify ourselves. We wear bracelets, necklaces and pins with the cross to assert our faith. We even put bumper stickers on our cars. It appears to me that we’re often more focused on wearing symbols or carrying signs than we are with being a sign. Paul tells us to be a sign. Our lives should serve as a model for: (1) walking in love with others; (2) sacrificing self-interests and serving others; (3) quickly and willingly expressing forgiveness and acceptance in the face of attack and betrayal; (4) walking in humility and integrity at all times; and (5) expressing joy, contentment, and peace regardless of our circumstances. Whenever we behave badly and imitate the world, we turn out the light in our lives and join the darkness.
Child of God, I encourage you to ask God to speak to you about any area of your life where you are wearing symbols or carrying signs instead of being a sign. Then, quickly repent for the times you have fallen. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you seize the moments of opportunity in your life. Be a sign of love, compassion and light in a dark world!
Father, thank You for the truth and power of Your Word. Jesus, You are the Light and the Way. Holy Spirit, help me seize every moment and be Christ-like in all I do and say. Shape and mold me that I may be a sign of love and compassion to a hurting world. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, amen.
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