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Commitment to Christ - Witness

on Tue, 11/10/2015 - 23:06

::24::  Act wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. Your speech should always be gracious and sprinkled with insight so that you may know how to respond to every person. (Colossians 4:5-6)

Each day, we are presented with countless opportunities to witness to Jesus and to share our own faith story. Our text from Colossians instructs us that our words “should always be gracious and sprinkled with insight.” Our witness can take many forms- in words and in deeds. The important thing is to be ready and be prepared for such sacred moments. Yes, it's scary thinking about sharing our faith - we immediately think about those zany prophets standing on street corners preaching to those who passby or those who knock on your doors of your home and try to talk to you about Jesus as they press their magazine into your hands. But witnessing is much more subtle than that. It's simply living the Gospel and sharing your own life experiences. Yes some may be given the opportunity to tell someone the whole story of Christ while others might have the chance to share their wisdom of Scripture in a study or as advice to someone we know. But most of us are given daily opportunities simply share some bit of knowledge we have gained along life’s way in a kind and helpful faithful manner.

We often imagine the task of witness as wrought with difficulty. It need not be that way. Your interactions with your friends, co-workers, family members —all these can be seasoned with grace and undertaken in the spirit of the Lord. They can all give witness to another reality, to the hope that you have, to the deep transformation that has taken place in your life by the grace of Jesus Christ.

Every interaction we have is an opportunity to provide a glimpse of God’s grace. Welcome each person today—every stranger and outsider, even those close to you—as you would welcome Christ.

Glorious and Blessed God, give me wisdom to speak to others in a way that welcomes them in the name of Christ. Amen.