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.
Today, we look at Paul’s 4th concluding thought. He said, “Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.” Did you hear that, “Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders…” In other words, if you really want to be a good witness for Christ, it is more than just words… it is actions. Paul said be wise in the way you ACT. Sometimes people can’t hear what you saying because of the way you are acting.
Today let’s think before you act! Your actions may be the greatest positive influence for Christ you can have today, and in doing so, you will be making the most of every opportunity.
Think about it…and have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D