WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16
4 So Barnabas and Saul were sent out by the Holy Spirit.
They went down to the seaport of Seleucia and then sailed for the island of Cyprus.
5 There, in the town of Salamis, they went to the Jewish synagogues and preached the word of God. John Mark went with them as their assistant.
Acts 13:4-5 (NLT)
LAUNCHING OUT: LOOK FOR OPPORTUNITIES
In ancient times before modern harbors, ships had to wait for the timing of the tide before they could make it safely to port. Thus “OB PORTU,” described the ship waiting “FOR PORT,” ready to seize the crucial moment when it could ride the tide into safe harbor. The captain knew that if he missed the passing tide, the ship would have to wait for another tide to come in. God gives each of us many “ob portu’s”, but we must be spiritually wise and Spirit filled in order to see and seize them. As Charles Swindoll said “We are all faced with a series of great opportunities (ob portu’s) brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.”
Barnabas and Paul had a missionary strategy in this passage – (1) to the cities, (2) to the synagogues (and if they refuse to listen, to the Gentiles) and carrying out ministry as a team. They basically looked for opportunities along the way. Jesus taught in Matthew 28:19 that we should make disciples “as we go.”
Mike taught in the sermon, those opportunities can be called “open doors.” Do you ever start your day looking for opportunities to share Jesus? How did you respond the last time God gave you an open door to minister to someone?
Praise God for the times He has opened doors for you to show others the love of Christ. Ask God to grow your ability to recognize open doors.