“Be wise in the way you act towards outsider; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation always be full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone..” - Colossians 4:5-6
An opportunity is defined as “a possibility due to a favorable combination of circumstances.” Opportunities come to us every day in all shapes and sizes. They present us with the possibility of responding to a special set of circumstances either favorably or unfavorably. The scripture tells us that in each opportunity, both good and evil present themselves. The question is how will we respond?
With respect to evil, the devil tempted Jesus not just at “any time” but at opportune times (see Luke 4:13). Having held a grudge against John the Baptist, Herodias, the wife of Herod, was presented with an opportune time to have John beheaded (Mark 6:17-29). Similarly, Judas looked for an opportunity to betray Jesus (Mark 14:11). Paul even says that “sin” finds an opportunity in the commandment to come to life (Romans 7:8). And Paul also says that our freedom in Christ is not to be used an opportunity to indulge the flesh (Galatians 5:13).
With respect to good, however, the scripture encourages us to not give the devil advantage in opportunities (Ephesians 4:27). Rather, we are to take advantage of every opportunity to do good to all people, especially those of the household of faith (Galatians 6:10). As we interact with outsiders, we want to take advantage opportunities to show them Christ by the way we converse with them (Colossians 4:5-6). Our conversation is always to be seasoned with grace.
Growing in our faith involves becoming increasingly aware of the opportunities presented to us. To be “smart” about opportunities means that we recognize that both good and evil are present within the opportunity. Which will we choose? How will we respond to the opportunities presented to us. Let us seek wisdom to perceive opportunities set before us, and to recognize how to respond in Godly ways.