“Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.” Col. 4:5
“Would you like to donate to a good cause?” I was asked when I was checking out at a local grocery store.
“No, not at this time,” I responded without paying much attention to the question. Why should I donate money to some institution or random cause of which I have zero knowledge?”
“Are you Mr. Sea?” I was puzzled at the question. It turned out that the young man was my wife’s student when he was in high school.
For some reason I became a little uneasy and instantly started to think whether I had done anything unseemly during our brief encounter. I should have decided to donate some money toward what he had mentioned, for by doing so I would have made a better impression on someone who happened to know me. It was a little too late to do that, unfortunately.
What difference did it make, really? I should act consistently to who I am as a Christian, both before friends as well as strangers, shouldn’t I? I am merely a hypocrite if I fail to do so, and am doing things only to be seen or to be recognized as a person of good repute.
“Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.”
I had no earthly idea that it was a perfect opportunity for me to shine as God’s witness by being kind to the cashier I met and more receptive to his request to make a donation. Yet the chance was forever lost because of my lack of vigilance. I could possibly have entertained an angel had I been a little more agreeable at the time. At the least he might have commented to his friends after we met that his teacher’s husband was just as kind and nice as his teacher.
Indeed, the opportunity was lost, yet I haven’t always missed the occasion to act “wisely” toward outsiders when the chance presented itself. This event was something I wrote about previously and it deserves repeating since it’s relevant to my discussion. It also happened at a grocery store when I took an opportunity to empty out my wallet to help a lady in need. I am by no means patting myself on the back by bringing this up; I am merely reminding myself to develop a sense of urgency when I deal with outsiders, and to always try to find occasions to bear good witness for Christ.
If we try to look for opportunities to do good to people, opportunities will always present themselves in the most obscure places. Surely the Lord knew what he was talking about when he uttered: “The poor you should have with you always”
Of course he wasn’t just mentioning the poor in passing.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 7:21:00 AM