Today’s Bible reading contains this verse: “Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunities” (Col. 4:5 NET).
It is preceded by Paul’s request for prayer that he might make the message of Christ known as he should. It is followed by an appeal for gracious speech, “seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you should answer everyone” (v. 6).
Though some versions do not show it, verse 5 is framed by the use of the term “word” (logos) in verses 3 (“message”) and 6 (“speech”).
The opportunities to which Paul alludes are opportunities to speak the gospel to those outside of Christ. The apostle’s single-minded vision is one every Christian should have. While he prays and asks prayer that he might take advantage of his own opportunities, he urges the Colossians to do the same.
The mission of God belongs not only to an apostle, but to the whole church. To each of us as well. Independent of our circumstances. Paul saw imprisonment as a means to reach more people. Let us see our present situation, whatever it may be, as an opportunity to teach the gospel to others.
Make the most of your opportunity today.