Use Your Time Wisely
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.
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?
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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