Read Ephesians 6:19
If you are a mild or diehard sports fan, you’ve probably watched some of the Olympics games that took place in Tokyo recently. Athletes from all over the world, who had trained for 5 years, finally got their chance to compete to be the best in their sport. Some competitors might have trained multiple hours a day, only to have 1 minute to ‘take advantage of their opportunity’.
Two of the great stories were Suni Lee in gymnastics and Matt Ludwig in pole vault. Suni Lee was pushed into the spotlight very abruptly as Simone Biles decided to pull out of the all-around gymnastics competition. What a way to take advantage and earn a gold medal!
Matt Ludwig was sitting in his apartment in Chardon, OH, just missing the Olympics narrowly, when he got the call from his team that he needed to get to Tokyo to compete in pole value due to another teammate’s injury. Now Matt didn’t fare as well as his gymnast teammate, but what a story about being prepared to answer the call!
So how does this relate to our scripture for today, you ask?
“Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel.” – Ephesians 6:19
We, as believers, like the athletes above, have to be ready to “jump” at the opportunity to share the hope of Jesus whenever we have the chance. It could be at work over a cup of coffee, in the dairy aisle at the grocery store, or on a walk in the park. Sometimes these opportunities come out of the blue so we need to be prepared for the Holy Spirit to speak through us. Here are a few tips to be prepared for those openings:
1. Pray for the right words to speak. It’s not you and I speaking, He’s giving us the opportunity and right words that each person needs to hear.
2. Prepare by studying daily. Spend time in the Word so you are equipped to handle those tough questions.
3. Put yourself out there. This one I’m pointing the finger right back at myself. It’s tough to be vulnerable, share your faith with an unbelieving friend, and risk them saying ‘no’ or affecting your friendship.
It doesn’t take years of training to qualify to be able to share the hope of Christ with others, just the courage that, when the opportunity comes up, each of us will jump in.
Will you look for that opening today?