COLOSSIANS 4:2-6 (NIV – UK)
2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. 3 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. 4 Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. 5 Be wise in the way you act towards outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
How do people hear about the love and salvation found in Jesus? The answer is simple – the message must be shared! Paul had a message – the Gospel – but it was no good him keeping it to himself. Built into the Gospel message is the urgent necessity for it to be passed on from one person to another.
Paul was sent by Jesus himself to proclaim the message – but is it just the responsibility of ‘professional’ Christians to do so? No. Remember, Paul is writing to the whole church in Colossae – he is writing to you and me as well – and he reminds us to ‘be wise in the way you act towards outsiders’ and to ‘make the most of every opportunity’ (v. 5). Paul is assuming that we know it is our responsibility to pass on the Gospel message. But not just a responsibility – also a great joy! We should always aim to make the most of every opportunity.
Sometimes we can find it scary sharing the Gospel with others – ‘what will they think of me,’ ‘they will laugh at me’ – maybe thoughts like that go through our minds. But Jesus himself tells us that if the world rejects us, it is because it has rejected Jesus (John 15:18-25). We must be willing to be fools for Christ. But Paul reminds us: ‘Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone’ (v. 6). When we get the opportunity to speak to someone about Jesus, we must remember to be full of grace in our conversations – so that we can speak appropriately with every different person who asks us a question about Jesus.
Question: When was the last time you had the opportunity to pass on the message? How do you think you could embrace more opportunities?