My focus today was on verses 5-6. Are you the type of person that expects non-believers to act like believers? Do you like them? Hate them? Tolerate them? How do you conduct yourself around unbelievers? Do you act like them? Can they tell a difference in you? Do they feel you contempt or your love? Do you share your faith with them at all?
Paul tell us…..5 Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. 6 Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person
Our wisdom comes through our redemption that is found through Christ. We have been forgiven and through the Holy Spirit, we are enabled to be gracious and kind! To the believer, every non-believer is an outsider….Outside of a relationship with the Jesus.
A couple of questions for thought:
- Why it is important to have wisdom towards outsiders?
- The world judges Christianity by what it sees in me. Am I representing it well with kindness, holiness, consistent reverence to the Lord?
In reality, God wants us to make the most of the opportunity with unbelievers.
The phrase making the most of an opportunity in Greek literally means “redeeming the time,” or “buying up the opportunity.” The sense then would be “Do not just sit there and wait for opportunity to fall into your lap, but go after it. Yes, buy it.” There is definitely a time to be aggressive in your relationship with an unbeliever. Do not become complacent about sharing your faith.
And that was all in verse 5. Verse 6 also has much “meat!” We need to be careful with our speech. Our speech in public. Our speech in private. No gossip, no slander, no favoritism.
How do you speak about the gospel? Family? The weather?Politics? The economy Authority? You work?
Our speech is to be filled with Grace. Grace is getting what you do not deserve. God wants us to be gracious is our speech. What does this mean? We are to show kindness and love and compassion and patience to others – Always.
And then this phrase….. Speak the right word and the right time to the right person….it meant the world to me. God gives those of us who are believers the wisdom to say the right thing at the right time. I need to be a good friend! A good listener! I need to share my faith and trust the Lord to tell me what to say. HOWEVER, I need to be proactive in a few areas, especially when dealing with unbelievers.
- I need to know Scripture!
- I need to understand the Trinity!
- I need to know the Gospel message to tell it – the death, burial, resurrection and return of Christ!
- I need to study some difficult issues (just be familiar with them) like evolution, cults, other religions.
What will tomorrow bring? What did you learn today?