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.
Life for the ordinary believer
Not all Christians are in formal ministry, whether it be as teachers, pastors, or evangelists. Many Christians do ordinary things for the majority of their lives, whether it be as students or workers holding a job from 8 to 5 (or even longer). It is all very easy for pastors to preach from the pulpit that telling people about the gospel ought to be part of the daily activity of a Christian – and indeed it should be – but practically speaking we hit a sizeable obstacle. The truth is that oftentimes these opportunities are rare and far apart. And it does the ordinary Christian no good to simply bash them over the head with the fact that they aren’t evangelising sufficiently and then not offer some wise counsel on how this might work out in their daily lives.
What then is wise counsel for the ordinary believer who wants to know how he should conduct his life? Colossians 4:2-6 offers clear and wise words of counsel from the apostle Paul, and it is a passage that was impressed upon my heart tonight. The depth of wisdom and practicality contained within these few instructions Paul leaves for the church at Colosse merits exposition. We ought to study carefully these few verses, that we may know how to live ordinary lives to the glory of Christ. I have identified 5 things that ought to mark the life of an ordinary Christian believer: prayer for Christ-likeness, prayer for those in ministry, walking in wisdom towards outsiders, making the best use of their time, and gracious, seasoned speech. We will look at these over the next 5 days.
(Note: I have in fact written out the whole exposition, but I realised it was a bit raw and quite long. Therefore I’ve chosen to break it up, that I might have more time to spend polishing each mark, and that it might be more digestible. Also, with a horribly busy schedule lined up for me for the next few days, this arrangement means I’ll be able to consistently post yet not need to spend too much time on it to the detriment of my other commitments.)