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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Saturday, March 4, 2017
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Today’s scripture reading:
Paul asked for prayer that he could proclaim the Good News about Christ clearly, and we can request prayer to do the same. No matter what approach to evangelism we use, whether emphasizing life-style and example or whether building relationships, we should never obscure the message of the Good News.
We should be wise in our contacts with non-Christians, making the most of our opportunities to tell them the Good News of salvation. What opportunities do you have?
When we tell others about Christ, it is important always to be gracious in what we say. No matter how much sense the message makes, we lose our effectiveness if we are not courteous. Just as we like to be respected, we must respect others if we want them to listen to what we have to say. (NLT)
Colossians 4:2-6 – Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart. Don’t forget to pray for us, too, that God will give us many opportunities to preach about his secret plan—that Christ is also for you Gentiles. That is why I am here in chains. Pray that I will proclaim this message as clearly as I should.
Live wisely among those who are not Christians, and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and effective so that you will have the right answer for everyone.
Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. –Colossians 4:5 (NIV)
Lenore Warton (New South Wales, Australia) titled her story “MISSED OPPORTUNITY;” here is a portion of Lenore’s story:
“. . . How often do we miss opportunities? We sometimes forget to pray for someone, to phone a friend at a crucial time, to visit someone who needs our help, or to smile at or speak to a stranger. We often miss the chance to share our faith. The Holy Spirit prompts us, but if we’re not paying attention and obeying, we may miss an opportunity that will never return. When we listen and pay attention, God gives us many opportunities to serve by sharing our faith and serving and supporting one another.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – When we pay attention, we see many opportunities to serve God.
Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, help us to listen for your Holy Spirit’s promptings, ready to obey so that we may take every opportunity to serve you. Amen.
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