I live near the Columbia River. I have grown up with amazing views of water and towering basalt cliffs. Across the river near us is a rock cliff that plunges straight into the water. It is one of my favorite spots on the planet. Near the place this cliff begins is a simple cross. One day, while on the river in our boat, I saw a rare sight. Perched atop this cross was a bald eagle. How I wished for my camera. This was a missed opportunity to snap a rare photo. It caused me to think about how these types of photos are captured. It requires that a camera is in possession at all times because you cannot create these opportunities, you can only take advantage of them.
And when he had given him permission, Paul, standing on the steps, motioned with his hand to the people. And when there was a great hush, he addressed them in the Hebrew language, saying:
Acts 21:40 (ESV)
Reading through the books of Acts can be both encouraging and convicting. It chronicles much of Paul’s ministry. Everywhere he goes he preaches the gospel, regardless of the personal cost. Sometimes he is in a place for a short time, sometimes he remains for a longer period. We see him reasoning at work, in the synagogue, and any other place people gather.
Paul is arrested while in Jerusalem. His arrest and subsequent trials tell a consistent story. Paul is accused of heresy but makes use of every opportunity while making his defense, to preach the gospel. The only defense he gives? Jesus encountered him on the road to Damascus and called him to preach the good news to the Gentiles.
I read these chapters and it is immediately obvious to me that I do not similarly make use of every opportunity. We worry about the salvation of others and we wish we could say more. But, do we make the most of the opportunities we are given? I know I don’t.
Give me ears to hear and eyes to see opportunities to share the news of Your saving grace with others.