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Opportunities to Witness

God calls us to always be looking for opportunities to help people understand the urgency of turning from sin to live for Christ. Paul depicts this Christian responsibility as telling the people in our world to “wake up” (Eph.5:14) – a duty not always eagerly accepted. While the thought may be intimidating, the prospects are exciting. Especially when we realize that Ephesians also reminds us that the results don’t rest on a set of well-crafted words or a skilled apologetic. Because the problem is spiritual death (and not simply an intellectual or moral deficiency), it is ultimately a work of God. As God sovereignly uses our ambassadorship, he periodically takes the reiteration of biblical truth to immediately transform and eternally redirect the lives of lost men and women. It is an awesome transaction to witness – one we wouldn’t want to miss because we weren’t looking for it. In the words of Ephesians 5, “be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil” (vv.15-16). May God use you this week to make a difference in someone’s life.

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  1. I recently prayed a simple prayer, that God might make me more sensitive to how I might bless others. I had been considering Jesus saying, “my yoke is easy.” Since then I have noticed many easy ways to be helpful in the name of Christ, from defrosting an elderly friend’s freezer, to helping donate to a Peru mission trip for someone I don’t really know, to buying a tire for a woman who I overheard telling the tech to “just put the old tire back on even if it can’t be fixed so I can at least get home. I can’t afford even a used one.” (She might have noticed me reading a bible while waiting, but I didn’t make a big deal about it. I said merely that Jesus has done so much for me, it makes me want to help others,too). The Lord’s yoke is not only easy, but a source of much new joy for me!!

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