Scripture Reading: Colossians 4:5,6
“Conduct yourselves wisely toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you know how you ought to answer each person.” (Colossians 4:5,6)
Our church’s focus statement is — “Equipping the body of Christ to engage in radical, gospel-drive personal relationships.” We believe this is our calling as it relates to those both inside the church and outside the church. We are to make a serious effort to establish gospel-driven relationships with all people we come to know.
I believe this is what Paul had in mind when he wrote these words — “Conduct yourselves wisely toward outsiders, making the best use of the time.” God’s people are called to be ambassadors for Christ — “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, making His appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God” (II Corinthians 5:20).
In order to do this we must attempt to conduct ourselves wisely toward outsiders. We must not become stumbling blocks to them. Peter wrote these words — “Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evil-doers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation” (I Peter 2:12). We are to be Christ-like in our conduct. Outsiders notice when we are not acting in a way that is consistent with what we say we believe.
It is not only our conduct that serves as a witness to others, it is also our speech — “Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may now how you ought to answer each person.” When we talk to outsiders about matters of faith, we are to do so humbly, graciously, and in love. We must never be arrogant and prideful, or put others down. Rather we are to speak the truth in love. And we are to trust the Spirit of God to lead us in our conversations with them about our faith.
Our goal should be to develop gospel-driven relationships. Our focus should be to engage others in such a easy that we can be effective witnesses for our Lord Jesus by your conduct and by our words.
Lord Jesus, grant me the power to conduct myself wisely toward those who are not believers. Enable me to develop relationships with them that are gospel- based and gospel-driven. Give me wisdom as I seek to represent You to them and let my speech always be gracious and seasoned with salt.
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