February 20: opportunity (Numbers 7; Psalm 23; Acts 27)

Last week, I was part of a committee that interviewed persons seeking ordination. Each person had a story, a testimony – this is what God has done for me. After one such interview, I was standing next to the elevator. Another person from the committee suggested we get on the elevator and practice our elevator speech. Being the elevator only traveled one floor, it would be a very short speech.

Are you ready with your elevator speech? As I understand it, the elevator speech comes from the idea that inside the elevator one has a captive audience and anywhere from 30 seconds to two minutes (depending on the distance the elevator is traveling) to make a sales pitch.

Paul never missed an opportunity. Every opportunity was an opportunity to tell his story of what God had done in his life. Whether standing trial before King Agrippa or while shipwrecked or countless other places, Paul was ready. As we approach the end of the book of Acts, we have read Paul’s story often enough that we know his story. What is your story? What has God done in and through you? Is today the day to write your story or tell your story?

Acts 26:29″Short time or long – I pray to God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am, except for these chains.”

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