PJ’s Daily Devotional for Monday, February 20, 2017.
If your job or family was moving you out of town, what final words of encouragement would you give your small group at church before you moved away?
Here are Paul’s final instructions to the followers of Jesus in Colossae: “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison—that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak. Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person” (Colossians 4:2-6).
Paul’s desire in each of his letters to the local churches and local church leaders was to encourage their daily lives so that they walked in a manner worthy of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Let me summarize Paul’s highlights of how to walk faithfully in Christ:
- PRAY ALWAYS (“continue steadfastly in prayer”)
- BE THANKFUL IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES (“being watchful in it with thanksgiving”)
- INTERCEDE FOR OPEN DOORS FOR THE GOSPEL (“pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word…”)
- As Jesus commanded His disciples, “BE WISE AS A SERPENT AND… (“walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time”)
- GENTLE AS A DOVE!” (“Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that…”)
This reminds me of Paul’s concluding thoughts to the Thessalonians when he says, “Rejoice always, pray with ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).
Paul has given us some clear commands on how we are to live our faith. I encourage you to walk this way.
How are you walking in your day to day life?