Walking In Wisdom
Colossians 4:5 and 6: “Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time”. “Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man”.
Here we have three very specific clear instructions for an effective personal ministry or witness. If you want to witness effectively in this world and see real fruit you must follow these three clear instructions.
(1.) “Walk in wisdom toward them that are without”.
We must give very careful thought and consideration to our personal conduct among non-believers because they are indeed watching our every move. The non-believing world delights in being able to label a believer as a hypocrite. They watch very closely for an opportunity (Luke 6:1-9). They desperately want to label us as self-righteous and hypocritical (Luke 6:41 and 42). If you look to remove a splinter from another’s eye be very sure they will be quick to point out the beam in your eye if there is one. No one will come to treasure our beliefs unless it is obvious that we treasure them ourselves (Matthew 23:2-4). Take great care to walk in wisdom toward them that are without.
(2.) We must “Redeem the time.”
As we function as “ambassadors for Christ” (II-Corinthians 5:18-20), we must do so with the understanding that there is no time to waste. We must share the Gospel with a real sense of urgency. Paul told young Timothy the opportunity to share God’s Word is truly limited and we must make the most of it (II-Timothy 4:2-5). Christ Jesus knew he had no time to waste (John 9:4).
(3.) “Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt”.
That we might give the proper answer to every man. Believers must speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15). We must tell people the truth but in a way that effectively communicates our love toward them. We must follow Christ’s example (John 8:1-11). The world will not listen to us until we effectively communicate to them the fact that we love them. They must see the love of God in us. God’s love is a sacrificial giving love (John 3:16). If this love is truly in us, we must demonstrate it to others (James 2:16 and 17).