005: Salty ConversationsRead Colossians 4:2-6 "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 gives us some very practical ideas for effectively sharing Christ with those around us.
- First, ask God to give you an open door of opportunity to share the gospel with someone.
- When the opportunity comes you need to be able to clearly communicate the gospel. So ask God to help you make the gospel message clear.
- "Walk in wisdom toward outsiders" - before you ever open our mouth to share the story of Christ, your actions are already a witness to others about Jesus and what he has done in your life. Treat everyone you meet with love and grace because you may have an opportunity to share Christ with even a stranger.
- Make the best use of the time God has given you. There is no garentee that you will have another opportunity to share Christ with someone tomorrow. Keep your eyes open for an opportunity today, and don’t pass up any opportunity God gives you.
- Let every conversation be sprinkled with the salt of the good news of Jesus Christ. Everything relates back to God so no matter what you are talking about, you can intentially and naturally speak of Christ. "What beautiful day God has made." "Yesterday I went to church." "These days my favorite book to read is the Bible because..." Through making small comments like these many doors of opportunity to share the gospel fully will be opened.
- We don't necessarily need to know how to answer each person's intellectual inquires about Christianity but we must be prepared to give an answer for our personal hope and trust in Jesus Christ. Always be prepared to share what Jesus has done for you.