It seems that people today are more interested in how a Christian walks rather than what they talk. This means that those who profess a faith in Christ are being carefully observed by the world. Sinful words and actions can built a major roadblock to unbelieving souls. Hypocrisy is a leading cause for people to turn away from the truth of God’s Word.
A servant’s heart is willing to used by God to transmit the message of reconciliation found only in the gospels. They are open to opportunities the Lord provides uniquely for them. For this reason, Christians are encouraged by the following words,
“Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let you conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” (Colossians 4:6)
This verse says to “make the most” or better translated, to “redeem our time” while interacting with outsiders. This thought seems to imply a cost associated with sharing God’s Word with others.
For many of us, the most valuable commodity we own is our time. We can redeem our time wisely by conversing with outsiders, building a bridge of trust and using words seasoned with salt. We can be agents of influence by being careful in what we say and how we say it. Through speaking the truth in love in association with lives and attitudes reflecting the love of Christ, we can make the most of every opportunity.
And many times, we are not even aware of those opportunities.
We can pray, “Lord, I know others are closely watching me as Your child. Help me live my life in a way that reflects You. That way, when I share You with others in conversations, they will trust what I say to be true. Lord, I want to be salt and light in this world – I want my words to be full of grace for You. Let others see You in me. Thank you, Jesus! Amen.”