Do This: Be Aware of Outsiders

“Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.” (Colossians 4:5)

I had a pastor once who used to say things like, “You think you’re just going to Starbucks. You’ve got nothing on your mind but walking in, ordering your drink, and getting out. But God has scheduled an appointment for you.” Then he’d tell this incredible story of how God used an available Christian in the life of a searching or hurting unbeliever.

prayer_350He was talking about those unexpected encounters we have with people for whom God has just opened a door of opportunity. Maybe they’re going through a rough time. Maybe their hearts have just been broken. Maybe they are less convinced than ever that they can live without God.

And maybe you’re the Christian God has scheduled for them to meet and talk with in that moment, to deliver his message of love and grace and forgiveness and transformation. Are you willing to let God change your plans? Are you available to make the most of every opportunity?

Think: What would be an unwise way to act toward “outsiders” or unbelievers? Why does it matter how we treat the people we don’t expect to see ever again?

Pray: Ask God to help you to be available to be used for his glory in unexpected ways—and ask him to help you to be wise in the way you act toward outsiders.

Do: Notice how God steps in and changes your plans this week. Are you looking for opportunities to be used by him in someone else’s life in those moments?