Colossians 4:1, Masters, provide your slaves with what is right and fair, because you know that you also have a Master in heaven. 2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. 3 And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. 4 Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. 5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. (NIV)
This week we have studied the Apostle Paul’s closing thoughts to the Colossian believers in chapter 4 of the book of Colossians. Point 1 (Monday’s Blog) was that employers should pay employees a fair wage, and that an employee should work hard to earn their pay. Point 2 (Tuesday’s Blog) reminded us to be devoted to prayer, but not just any prayer, a prayer that is focuses on being thankful. Point 3 (Wednesday’s Blog) urges us to be effective witnesses and pray for others to proclaim clearly Christ’s message, and point 4 (Thursday’s Blog) reminds us that being a good witness takes talk and actions.
Today, we look at Paul’s 5th concluding thought. He said, “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt…” Paul is saying when your actions are right and respectable, it makes your conversation or words about your faith that much more productive. He said the most productive conversations are always full of grace. As you speak with others this weekend, and perhaps even speak of your faith, do it with grace. In doing so, it will be like adding spice to your conversation which will make your words more palatable to others, just like a little salt or spice. So, speak graciously today.
Think about it…and have a blessed weekend!
John Mark Caton, Ph.d