Living Worthy of the Lord . . . Make the Most of Every Opportunity
Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation always be full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
The apostle Paul can be such a pest, ladies. Yesterday I found myself caught up in the life of the Proverbs 31 woman, considering it possible to sport her ruby-red virtue in the company of family and friends and like-minded believers. After all, they should be willing to forgive and forget my shortcomings. Today Paul propels me out of my circle of comfort into the world of the outsider where critical scrutiny reigns.
You see, Paul was committed to his calling to “proclaim the mystery of Christ…clearly” (Colossians 4:3-4). He needed his friends in Colosse to understand that was their calling as well, or else how would others hear and be saved (Romans 10:13-14)? Come to think about it, that is our job too—to make the gospel clear.
Making the most of every opportunity is key. I ask myself how many opportunities have I missed? Plenty! So my ears perk up to Paul’s advice.
Be wise in how I act towards my non-believing friends is the first thing I hear. They are watching every move I make, so I need to use my head. While my heart may be filled with the virtues of my faith, I once lived in the same vices they still walk around in (Colossians 3:7). I remember. I glance in the mirror. Is my new wardrobe in place (Colossians 3:12-14)? I know this to be true: The only thing that counts (has any value) is faith expressing itself through love (Galatians 5:6).
And when I have earned the right to tell my story with Jesus, I will be ready to answer everyone who asks. In the meantime my conversation will be always full of grace seasoned with salt. Winsome and charming are two ways to translate charis, full of grace. Then add a pinch of salt—salted caramel ice cream comes to mind. Salt sharpens sweetness. Spicing up my conversations with wholesome, witty, interesting topics will make others thirsty to know more about Jesus.
I have much to learn to live worthy of the Lord, but you have got to admit—Paul gives us a head start. Make the most of every opportunity to proclaim Christ by word or by deed.