It’s Wednesday and it’s devo time! This week’s meditation is from our friend and worship leader, Brooks Coker. Let’s jump in:
“Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.”
Colossians 4:5-6 NLT
Through the groaning of the earth and the disorder of the world around us, it is evident that every interaction we have is crucial. What if our actions not only affect us, but affect how other people may perceive Christ? What if the words we say have the potential to affect the decisions other people make? Well, they do.
This verse specifically talks about how we are to live around those who are not believers. I believe that it is absolutely crucial that we set a good example through our speech and actions. Recently the urgency of the heavenly charge to make disciples has become very real to me. The truth is that we don’t know what could happen to us today, tomorrow, or next week. In light of this, I pray that the things I do and say will make a positive impact on the people around me, in every opportunity.
A friend of mine was talking to me about his passion for people. Most of the people he surrounds himself with are unbelievers. He believes that his mission is to live in as much Christ-likeness as possible so that he may be a witness to the people around him. He told me that when he is gone, or when Christ returns, he wants people to know the truth because of the way that he lived.
A neat illustration is the image of the cross and how there are two beams: there is a vertical beam and a horizontal beam (†). I thank God for the fact that we can have intimacy with him through a vertical relationship; similarly, we are able to have intimacy in our personal relationships.
What are some speech habits or behaviors that I might need to change in order to best represent the Body of Christ?
Think of some relationships that you can be intentional about growing positively, whether they are with believers or non-believers.
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Remind us daily that we are set apart. I pray that we remain humble in that fact. God, would you place positive conversations in our lives. Help us to see the good in the people and situations around us. We hunger and thirst for you. Thank you for your provision, thank you for every opportunity. Amen.