“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.” Colossians 4:5-6.
Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading; Colossians 1-4.
I am looking at these verses and I’m thinking that they are only about interacting with nonbelievers.
But on second look, and I pray before writing these entries, I am struck by the word “always” in the middle of it.
Could it be that one of the reasons witnessing is so difficult for many of us is that we see it as a part-time activity.
If we aren’t witnessing to those in our midst, no wonder it is difficult when we try it in new territory.
Witnessing must be present in our normal conversations. If not, it becomes convoluted and awkward to do.
I believe that successful witnessing requires an understanding of appropriate techniques. There is a need for, “They say this, so I counter with this.” However, the skill of being a conversationalist must not be left out.
I must enter every conversation with Psalm 19:14 in mind: “May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart (thoughts) be acceptable/pleasing to You, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.”
“I need You, Lord, in every conversation I will be in today. Let me not take any of them lightly. Fill me with You, I beg, so that every thought, every word, brings glory to You. Prick my conscience when I mess things up. I love You, Father.”
I must be Godly in every conversation I am in today.