Sunday, January 15, 2012

The Wisedom and Grace of the Witness (Colossians 4:2-6)

[2] Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. [3] At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison—[4] that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak.
[5] Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. [6] Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.
(Colossians 4:2-6 ESV)

Many believers are disciplined about praying for “the missionaries” daily. Here is a Biblical example of a missionary asking for prayer, and instructing his supporters how best to pray for him. The normal things that people pray for are safety, provision of needs and opportunities to serve. Paul cuts right to the chase and asks for one thing: clarity of communication. Paul wants the opportunity, strength and words to best share the mystery of the Gospel. This is what every Missional believer wishes for, and what everyone praying for Missional believers should be requesting.

Not only that, but this is how every believer should be conducting their daily lives: in a quest for such communication. Our lives should be governed by a wisdom that pervades all interactions. How do we present Christ in every moment and relationship? Every word we say should be seasoned by our experiences with God. Every conversation is a potential opportunity to share the miracle and joy that is a life shared with God. Not in a prepackaged, awkward, sales pitch manner, but naturally as though one actually had daily experiences with God to share.

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