Now What If

The following words jumped out at me yesterday: 

Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity.  Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone. Colossians 4:5-6 (NLT)

I don't know about you but it is at this point that the enemy typically shows up with his big file he keeps on all of my shortcomings and grins as he points out all of the times I have failed to follow these words of wisdom. The file is huge. It is so huge that it must be brought in by the truckload. I am very glad that God's file (the only accurate and official file by the way) is empty and simply stamped in large red friendly letters, "PAID IN FULL BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS".

That being said, we need to heed the Word of God and strive to live in a manner that pleases God. It is for our own good as well as for the good of others.

It saddens me that in today's world a lot of people would say many Christians are failing to "live wisely among those who are not believers" and they are right. You are always going to have those who groundlessly attack followers of Christ. I am talking about those people who bring false accusations against Christians. I am talking about those people who shake their heads because our actions do not match our words. We say we love God but we ignore Him except for one hour a week. We say we love others and yet we publicly post things on social media attacking individuals or people groups or get into shouting matches with them in person. We smugly thank God that we are not like that "reprobate" over there ignoring the fact that we are wrapped up in the tattered and dirty garment of our own unrighteousness. What is wrong with us?

We are admonished to live wisely but we are not. We are to make the most of every opportunity to live in a way that reflects Christ to the world but we are not. 

Attractive here does not mean you say or do what will please someone else. It means to "season with salt". Our words and actions need to bring out the flavor of the Word of God. For the listener/observer, they are no longer mere words on a page that are being quoted. They see the Word of God living and breathing in us. Wow! The Word of God at work in us! The very thought of that should make us check our words and actions much more than we do, eh?

Now, what if we decided to live wisely among unbelievers? What if we made the most of every opportunity to reflect Christ in such a way that they could see Him in us? What if our conversation, our words, our lives were life-giving and served to bring out the flavor of the Gospel rather than make it bitter? Now what if we started to live like Christians rather than like slaves of the enemy? What would happen?

 

Scripture quotations taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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