I heard that there is a cold front coming so I took the dogs on a walk earlier than usual today. Although the weather was still pleasant, I could tell by the dark clouds on the horizon that this time the meteorologist was right on. If we wanted to avoid the cold and potential rain, we needed to go around the block now. Much to the delight of our two weenie dogs, I gathered up the leashes, put the leashes on the pups and away we went. Not long after we finished our walk, the cold front hit and I was glad that we were nice and warm inside. And I was glad find that we made “the most of the opportunity.” As I thought about that phrase, I was reminded of Paul’s usage of that phrase in Colossians 4. Paul encourages Christians, saying
Col 4:5 Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. 6 Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.
Paul, who was in prison, had just asked the church to pray for him to have more opportunities to share the gospel. Paul wanted the church to make the most of their opportunities as well. Paul wanted the church to show and to share the love of Christ in their daily lives as they interacted with others – through their words and their deeds. I love that thought. As followers of Christ, we should conduct ourselves with wisdom and our speech should always be seasoned with His grace. We should make the most of each opportunity to show and share His love.