All Christians are called to inter into the great commission which is to reach others for Jesus Christ. Even if you are not evangelical in nature, by walking in wisdom toward those who are not believers, you become salt in their lives which may lead them to Christ.
Colossians 4:5-6 “5 Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. 6 Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.”
This takes spiritual eyesight and discernment since the world has a much distorted idea of what Christianity is all about. Matthew 7:6 tells us to not cast our pearls to swine which translates not to spend time telling some people about Jesus if they are not willing to listen. Sad thing is the very thing Christians tend to do is pick out by natural sight the ones they think will want to hear and miss the leading of the Holy Spirit to talk to the ones that He wants them to tell about Jesus. Our everyday walk (actions and attitudes) will speak louder than most words we can use. With the world and its distorted view of Christianity our walk is often more important than our words. Redeeming the time is saying we need to take advantage of every opportunity that crosses our path to witness for Christ. Christians cannot wait for someone to walk into the church seeking before they are witnessed to. The New International Version says “Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.”
Verse 6 is a continuation of instruction on how we should be aware of our actions and words toward those outside the kingdom of God. We should always remember that God’s kingdom is not closed off with rigorous criteria for citizenship, but available to all who will believe in Jesus as Lord and Savior. As ambassadors for Christ, our co-mission is to increase the population of kingdom citizens. There is not one country in the world that had the primary objective of spreading God’s love and adding citizens to the count, like the kingdom of God. For our speech to be with grace, we must first understand God’s grace toward us. If a Christian is still in the mind set of works and legalism their speech will reflect it. Our speech needs to be seasoned with salt and be able to, with grace, meet the needs of everyone we come in contact with. As a Christian you need to remember that when you are commissioned with Christ, it is His spirit working through you to reach people; this should take the pressure off of what to say, just study God’s word for the Holy Spirit to have something to use in your life. Jesus has left us an example of witnessing His gospel to non-believers. In Mark 10:51 when Jesus heard the blind man calling Him, He summoned the man to come. When the blind man came Jesus said, “What do you want Me to do for you?” As Christians we may have no idea that a person has been seeking God or even crying out to Him in their darkest hour; we may be His answer to that person.
There is not one situation in life that an answer cannot be found in the word of God. With Jesus having paid the debt for our salvation, in God is always yes and amen. A person in the world just looks like they have the answers and are alright, but the truth is inside is turmoil and strife. Most people think that if God is real, He is not interested in them because of their personal short comings. The truth is almost every person you come in contact has the thought that there must be something out there bigger than them; otherwise there is little difference between the ant and man. Let’s show them the difference and let them see the grace of God in us.
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