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Use Your Time Wisely

 

July 23


 

Read Colossians 4:5-6 (ESV)

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.

 

Reflect

When you spend time with non-believers, how do you fill that time?

 

We are all busy. So busy in fact, that we often think we are too busy to share our faith or minister to others. But if we really stopped to evaluate our priorities, we’d probably find that we have more time for faith matters than we realize. We are just not using our time wisely.

 

In today’s verse, Paul encouraged the Colossians to be wise about how they spend their time with “outsiders” or non-believers. I like how the NIV puts it: “Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.”

 

What opportunities do you have to engage with non-believers in conversations about your faith? Do you have non-believing friends at work? Could you invite them over regularly for meals or out for coffee so that you can get to know them more? Once a trusting relationship is forged, the foundation for asking more personal questions or sharing your own personal faith is laid.

 

Are your kids in sports? If so, who do you sit next to on the bleachers every weekend? How can you make the most of that opportunity?

 

Do you know your neighbors very well? If not, why not? What could you do to get to know them better?

 

Do you know anyone who is hurting? How can you reach out to them and minister to them? How can you tangibly show them God’s love?

 

The truth is, God has placed people in our path. We just do not always use our time wisely or make the most of every opportunity. We might hold others at arm's length and keep relationships superficial instead of investing the time to build meaningful relationships that can open the door to sharing the Gospel.

 

Friend, today I encourage you to evaluate your priorities. How do you spend your time? Are you making the most of the opportunities God has put in front of you? If not, how can you change that?

 

Pray

God, I confess that so often, I do not spend my time with non-believers wisely. Show me the opportunities that You have given me. Help me to make the most of every conversation. Please season my speech with salt and grace and give me the words I need to point to You. Amen.

 

~ Pastor Nat Crawford

 

 

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8 hours ago
You were never too busy to do all that You had to do; You made time for everyone; You then took time to rest. What an example to me for my "busy" lifestyle. Let me never be too busy to share the good News that you are the Lord of all and Saviour of mankind. Amen.
3 days ago
AMEN.🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏
3 days ago
Thank you, Lord. Amen.
3 days ago
Amen
3 days ago
Though many of this may think it's hard, in fact it is not. We Love Jesus we serve The One True God. Let us remember to live and not just be alive! Neighbors are a great start we should all know our neighbors. Invite them for dinner, lunch, coffee, soda anything. Then open up simply asking how they are and we invited to know them better. Jesus will open the door to step into The Gospel with them.

Often we see people walking on the street or people holding signs for help. This I say eyes wide open we need to pay attention for we will never know when we didn't invite or help someone when we had the chance...it just may have been Jesus saying I heard your prayer I answered but you chose not to do what I gave you to do in your prayer. Meaning I believe The Lord is The Living God!

We are given chances but pass them by stop all of us open your heart and door to help and get to know other's no matter who they are. We are here to serve not to be served. Every new day I pray we all because more like Jesus stronger in Faith and Hope, for this will keep us on The Path Jesus laid out for us.

I Pray everyone has a wonderful Blessed weekend and that you keep your head up, so The Lord will Bless you indeed and you will including me hear, see, feel Jesus answering our prayers. God's Peace, Grace, Love, Joy, Light fill everyone in Jesus name Amen
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