Colossians #18 Colossians 4: 5-6
Colossians #18 Colossians 4: 5-6
Paul has refuted the teachings of the Gnostics and Judaizers. He has explained how disciples are to treat one another. In these next two verses, Paul is writing about how we are to interact with those outside of our spiritual family, to those who haven’t bent their knee.
Use your heads as you live and work among outsiders. Don't miss a trick. Make the most of every opportunity. Be gracious in your speech. The goal is to bring out the best in others in a conversation, not put them down, not cut them out.
Disciples do not withdraw from society. The monk in wilderness isolation is abnormal. The closed community, the holy huddle is abnormal. Christianity is a socially responsible faith. Jesus withdrew from the others for prayer time and for rest time, other times He was engaged in fulfilling the mission of revealing the Kingdom of God to the world.
1 Peter 2:12 (MSG)
Live an exemplary life among the natives so that your actions will refute their prejudices. Then they'll be won over to God's side and be there to join in the celebration when he arrives.
Live your life to the full in front of others. Let them see that you are a real person (Matthew 5:37), a good person (Luke 16:31), one who loves others (1 John 4:8), does stuff for others (Galatians 5:13), willing to go the extra mile with others (Matthew 5:41). You invite people into the Kingdom when you behave like the King, like Jesus.
Wisdom focuses on the things you do. Tact focuses on the things you say. I think I have a spiritual gift for complaining. I have forgotten what the assignment was, but I remember complaining, saying something like “this is really stupid” and such to a group of my peers and Art LaGrange asked me if that’s how all Christians behaved. Wow, talk about a wake-up call. The Holy Spirit stopped my rant and I said; “No Art, and I apologize for my negativity.” Tact is saying the right thing at the right time. Not only does what you do matters but what you say matters.
Matthew 10:19-20 (MSG)
“…don't worry about what you'll say or how you'll say it. The right words will be there; the Spirit of your Father will supply the words.”
With wisdom and tact and joy we are to make the most of every opportunity to witness, to testify, to glorify our savior, Jesus. There is no opportunity if you don’t look for it. When you seek out opportunity the Holy Spirit opens your eyes to all of it around you. There is opportunity all around you every day; everywhere you go, to represent the Kingdom. Don’t avoid the opportunities; embrace them by being a lover.
James 1:5 (MSG)
If you don't know what you're doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You'll get his help, and won't be condescended to when you ask for it.
Ephesians 4:15 (MSG)
God wants us to grow up, to know the whole truth and tell it in love—like Christ in everything. We take our lead from Christ, who is the source of everything we do.
Romans 15:13 (MSG)
Oh! May the God of green hope fill you up with joy, fill you up with peace, so that your believing lives, filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit, will brim over with hope!
The opportunity to influence others for Jesus is all around you. Make the most of those opportunities by the things you do, the words you speak, and the laughter in your soul.