Tuesday, January 21

This will be your opportunity!

Scripture: Exodus 1-2, Psalm 88, Luke 22

Luke 21:12–13  But before all this occurs, there will be a time of great persecution. You will be dragged into synagogues and prisons, and you will stand trial before kings and governors because you are my followers. 13 But this will be your opportunity to tell them about me.

Observation

When the disciples marvel at the majesty of the Temple, Jesus shocks them by saying that a day is coming when the whole edifice will be torn down and demolished.  Unthinkable!  Jesus goes on to predict a terrible time of persecution followed by His own return.  

During the great persecution, His followers will be arrested, imprisoned and stand trial before civil authorities “because you are my followers.”  “This will be your opportunity to tell them about me.”  Rather than seeking safety or release, Jesus’ followers, empowered by the Holy Spirit, will boldly use this opportunity to be His witnesses.  No playing it safe!

The apostle Paul modeled this beautifully in Acts.  When he is brought to trial before the Sanhedrin, then Governor Felix, then Governor Festus, and then King Agrippa, he uses each trial as an opportunity to “tell them about Jesus.”  He could have played it safe and argued for his release.  Instead, he boldly told them about Jesus whom He followed.

Application

God has not given us a spirit of fear or timidity, but of power, love and self-control.  So never be ashamed of telling others about Jesus!  (2 Timothy 1:7-8)

Opposition is opportunity!  Rather than backing down, being quiet or hiding, see opposition as an opportunity to step up, speak up and stand out!

This same boldness and confidence isn’t reserved just for times of opposition.  We can live this way every day!  Empowered by the Spirit to be bold representatives of the One we love and follow.  

Opportunities to speak up for Jesus show up at the most unexpected times—be ready!  This is your opportunity!

Prayer: Lord, help me be ready to seize every opportunity you give me to represent you well—even when the opportunity is dressed up like opposition!  And even when it’s not!