Colossians 3
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Colossians 4

Gary Parker

  • Colossians 4:2-6 (NIV)

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 attractive?
  • Is anyone asking me about my faith? Am I prepared to answer?

 

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