Today’s Scripture: Acts 21-23
How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? – Romans 10:14
In Acts 21-22, Paul was seized by a bloodthirsty mob who tried to kill him. Now how would you view the situation if you were in Paul’s shoes? Amazingly, Paul saw it as a witnessing opportunity and asked the Roman commander who rescued him to allow him to speak to the crowd. Most of our opportunities are more routine.
Some years ago my wife and I were in Christchurch, New Zealand, on a preaching mission. A young man came by our motel to take us to the university for a meeting, and as we headed for the car, he said, “I’ve heard you talk about witnessing, and on the way to the meeting I want to watch you witness to someone.”
“To whom?” I asked.
“Oh, we’ll just stop in some neighborhood, knock on a door, and I’ll watch you witness to the person who answers the door.” I admired his creativity, but it seemed like a faulty plan.
“Okay,” I said, “but first I need to stop at the desk to see if my laundry is done.”
I mentioned to the desk clerk that I was on my way to the university to conduct a Bible study. She seemed interested, so I proceeded to explain how I’d come to Christ, clearly outlining the gospel. Just as I finished, several people came into the lobby, and I couldn’t pursue the matter any further.
As we got into the car, I said to the young man, “Well, there it was.”
“There what was?” he asked.
“You saw me witness.”
It was so simple he had missed it. Most of our witnessing opportunities are just as ordinary, but we won’t recognize them unless our eyes are open.
Lord, open my eyes to the witnessing opportunities all around me. Amen.
Most of us miss witnessing opportunities every day.