Read: Colossians 4:5-6 - “Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.”

Reflect:

To experience more of God in our society, we have a responsibility as Christians to allow Jesus to live His life through us. If we want society to be spiritually changed, we must recognize our part in that change. Paul urges the Colossians to live out their Christianity in wisdom for the people who need God. He calls them to be intentional about their relationships with every person with whom they are connected. Doing this will prove they understand that God sovereignly ordained these relationships to draw others to Himself.  

Paul states how important our words are in these relationships. Words can be detrimental and hurtful especially since we carry the impression of God that people can see. To them, we may be the only semblance of God they have access to. He also mentions the interesting phrase …“as though seasoned with salt.” Salt makes things taste better and more palatable when used correctly. While the Gospel is offensive to the flesh, it should be given with boldness in truth and also with an attitude of love and grace. We carry a responsibility from God not only to proclaim to others the truth of the Gospel, but also to give that truth with love, mercy, and grace.  

Do these verses describe your life on a consistent basis? Wanting to experience an awakening of God in our city and our world means we must experience an awakening of God in our lives first. Ultimately, that life will spill over into the lives of others who are now being or who will be transformed by the Gospel. Be careful to conduct yourself with wisdom toward those who don’t know God and make the most of every opportunity to love and serve them. 

Prayer for the Day:

Lord, I want to be a witness to those who do not know You. I understand that Your life in me is essential to others knowing You. There is nothing in me that can change our society. I want to be sensitive to others with grace and mercy so they can know You.