Careful Procedure - A winsome Witness needs a Careful Procedure - Colossians 4:5
August 18, 2022, 9:41 AM

“Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.”

Be wise in how you act among those who do not know the Lord yet.

Do you know that God wants you to be His witness wherever you go, at school, at work, on vacation, at home, and in the neighborhood? It makes a difference how you live. That is a witness. Our plan is to bring outsiders to know Jesus Christ. Proverbs 11:30 says, "He who is wise wins souls". We need to be careful not to say or do anything that would make it difficult to share the gospel. Let us therefore not give opportunity to cheapening the gospel by the way we act toward them or toward one another.

It is pretty hard to witness if you gossip, lie, or cheat. It is hard to show the love of Christ if you are putting others down. Earning the right to be heard comes with consistent Christian living.

To know God and His wisdom takes us back to Col. 3:16 "Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another." Wisdom comes from letting the Word of Christ dwell richly in you. This comes with meditation and obedience to the Bible in addition to how you are living among your neighbors and friends.

I Cor. 9:20-22 “I become all things to all men that I might by all means save some." says The Apostle Paul. His careful procedure is to meet people where they are at, become interested in some of the things they are interested in, yet not participating in sin

A careful procedure might be to make friendship with folks and do things with them that demonstrate a sincere and genuine love. People see and understand that. Many in the unchurched world are open to knowing God especially if someone they know and appreciate has a real faith. Such a plan might be to visit them when there is illness or when they are undergoing problems, or invite them to join you in some activity, or to go to church.

Make the most of opportunities. The reason God brings some people your way is that you are to be part of the team of believers He wants to use to influence them for Heaven. God will not ask you to do anything He doesn't prepare or provide for you to do.

We have a commission to go and be witness in our world. He has given to us the power of the Holy Spirit to do that. We have the truth that the world needs. How long will we continue to have the freedom of sharing the good news? Maybe in our life time these privileges will be closed to us.

Application: Look for opportunities to share your faith. You don’t have to know everything, just tell others what Jesus means to you.

Prayer:  Lord, help me to be real in my faith. Teach me to walk in obedience so that I might make the most of every opportunity.

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