Buying Time - One Year Devotions for Women - November 6

Make the most of every opportunity for doing good in these evil days. - Ephesians 5:16

We must buy up the opportunities we have before the night comes. This is the day of opportunity. Our church took a survey of two thousand women in our community to find out what they were thinking, and how our women’s ministry could best meet their needs. Out of all of those interviewed, only a handful of women were hostile or refused to talk with us. We need to buy up the opportunities with the many who are interested and searching.

Colossians 4:5 tells us to “live wisely among those who are not Christians, and make the most of every opportunity.” Paul goes on to explain that in this wise walk, our speech must be salty (there will be a tang to it) so that we may know how to answer every person. Making the most of every opportunity means cultivating the “know-how” of argument and debate. Making the most of every opportunity means that by our very lifestyle, we will engender some questions from others.

Once in a train full of rowdy, drunken football fans, a young Christian was sitting quietly, reading. An old gentleman, observing first the drunks and then the young man, said to him, “You seem to have found the secret to life—do you want to share it?” Our young friend lost no time “making the most of the opportunity”!

We must ask God for a great sense of urgency so that we can make the most of every opportunity to serve and share him.

For Further Study: Ephesians 5:15-20 

Excerpted from The One Year Devotions for Women, Copyright ©2000 by Jill Briscoe. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers. All rights reserved.

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