Colossians 4:5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.
This morning I’ve been thinking about the amazement I still have over my experience of becoming a child of God 50 years ago. The encounter I had on that day where Jesus became my Lord and Savior was so beyond imagining – so radically life changing, that I am still in awe of it.
The thing about it that struck me this morning is that I didn’t see it coming. I wasn’t aware that I was seeking God or that I was ‘lost’. The only reason I went to the retreat was to honor my parents. There was nothing going on at school (Western Michigan), the camp was nearby and I knew it was important to them for me to go.
The message of the evangelist was unlike anything I had ever heard. I had never heard anyone talk about Jesus like they had met and knew Him. As I listened, I was struck by the thought that he described Jesus in a way that, if He were real, it was what He would be like. I had no idea that I was about to meet Him too! It’s like I was a ripe fruit ready to pick and just didn’t know it.
The question this morning is how many people that we interact with are in a place similar to where I was? They are going to having a life-changing experience with the Lord but might not even have an idea that they are searching? God is simply working in their lives to prepare them for that moment. We need to understand the impact our lives have in that process. If our lives are Christ-centered it will be positive; if not, we have missed an opportunity – or worse, created an obstacle to be overcome.
Jesus said we are salt and light. Our very lives are to reveal Him and His love to others. All of our encounters and interactions in life are opportunities. When we live our lives wisely we are going to be a significant influence for Christ in the lives of people around us. God will use His richness in our lives to draw others to Himself – and sometimes we get to be there when it happens!