Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Colossians 4:2-4 (NIV)
How will I ever be able to recognize opportunities to be a witness for you in the world? How will I ever be able to walk through doors of opportunity so I can boldly proclaim the good news of the Gospel to others? Those are very good questions. It is very easy to veer off course and lose sight of your mission. You do know what is your ultimate mission in life? Yes, I do. Let me hear you say what is your ultimate mission in life. My ultimate mission in life is to know you and make you known to others. There is no better or more simple way to state my ultimate mission and goal in life. That is quite clear. Yes, it is. There is no higher goal or greater purpose in life than to know you and make you known. No, there is not. I’m very glad that you have this mission and goal firmly fixed in your heart and mind and life.
With your mission and goal firmly fixed in your heart and mind and life, your questions should be easy for you to answer. Really? Yes, really. So, I will wait to hear your answers. If I want to come to know you, I will spend time with you in prayer. In fact, my life will become a constant dialogue of prayer, if I really hope to know and love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. So, I will devote myself to living a prayer filled life with you. I will listen to your voice. I will receive your instructions. I will follow your guidance. I will be praying and watching as I walk through life with you. How will I ever fail to recognize opportunities to be a witness for you if I am constantly living in an intimate relationship with you? You won’t. As I am living in an intimate relationship with you, I will taste your kindness, mercy and love. I will experience your overflowing goodness. My heart will be set on fire to want to serve you. I will not be able to contain all that you have given to me. With a heart filled with boldness, your kindness, mercy and love will overflow my life. It will be my heart’s desire to proclaim the Good News of the Gospel to others. I will want others to come to know you. I will passionately share all that you have done for me. I will want others to receive you and all that you have given to me. Yes, you will. That will be very good.
Heavenly Father, help me to be watchful and thankful in prayer as I go through each of my days. Help me to see and hear what you want me to notice. Open up opportunities for me to be a witness and share the Good News of new life in Christ with others. Amen
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