Answering the Tough Questions Part 2
Colossians 4:2-6 are great verses for sharing with knowledge and wisdom.In the first two chapters of the Book of Colossians Paul was warning this new church about false teachers.Paul never identifies the heresy but makes strong statements in his opposition.Beginning in chapter 3 Paul is counseling the entire Colossian Church concerning their personal devotional life and wise behavior towards non-Christians.As we move into chapter 4 he is appealing to extremes; our hidden life in prayer and our outward busy life in the public square.
Col. 4:2-4 (NASB) Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving; praying at the same time for us as well, that God will open up to us a door for the word, so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ, for which I have also been imprisoned; that I may make it clear in the way I ought to speak.
Paul here prays for opportunities to share and for clear communication.Most of the time in situations with non-Christians, I make this prayer: God open a door for a spiritual conversation and give me the right words to say.Here we see the Apostle Paul was no different; as brilliant as he was he was asking for God’s help to open a door for conversations about Jesus Christ and that he would do so in the right way.Paul continues…
Col. 4:5, 6 Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity.Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.
Next we see actions and answers working together.By our actions we need to love and serve others, especially those that need Jesus.Paul tells the church to conduct yourselves with wisdom towards outsiders (non-Christians). Living like Jesus will open the doors for spiritual conversations and give a platform for us to speak.People listen to friends.This means we need form meaningful relationships with non-Christians.Both Peter and Paul assume in their writings, Christians will have meaningful contact with non-Christians.
Then Paul says our speech should be with grace, as though seasoned with salt.He means we are to speak the truth in love and in a manner that demonstrates respect.We are to be winsome and attractive.Winsome in that we need to be persuasive and attractive in our manner of communication.Both are important when we share.
Finally, he says we are to use good tactics so that we will “…know how you should respond to each person…”How could you possibly know how to respond to each person?The only way we could know is through good questions and growing in our knowledge through study. Without good questions, how could anyone know how to answer?And without good answers how could anyone share to the truth in love?All of us need to be continually growing in our knowledge and wisdom.
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