Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray
for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim
the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it
clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the
most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace,
seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
Paul gives us the key that
unlocks the potential to live out the Great Commission here in Colossians.
First, he points out that
our ability to know and discern the Spirit’s voice is through devoting
ourselves to prayer. Through prayer (talking to God) we learn to
recognize God’s voice when he speaks.
Next, Paul exhorts us to
be watchful and ready to obey when He speaks. I realize that I will never see
the divine appointments and opportunities to share Christ’s love and story if I
continue to walk with my eyes cast downward, my focus on myself and my nose to
the grindstone. If I will look up at the world, the people and the
circumstances around me with the invitation and the expectation that the Holy
Spirit is going to use me to share His love with lost and hurting people, then
I believe that I will be quite surprised at exactly how many chances I have
missed in the past.
Paul then gives us good
counsel on how to act toward those with questions or comments. Not with
defensiveness or arrogance, but with grace, compassion and patience (2 Tim 4:2).
Finally, Paul makes an
assumption that as we use words as appetizing as salt and live a life that
demonstrates God’s love, people will come to us in order to ask us questions
regarding our faith.
This, then, is nothing
less than the blueprint to fulfill the Great Commission.
- Am I partnering with the Holy
Spirit in prayer for discernment?
- Am I seizing opportunities to
walk across the room to tell my story? God’s story?
- Are my words and attitudes
- Is anyone asking me about my
faith? Am I prepared to answer?