Whose advice would you listen to?
As a Christian, I would certainly listen to a wise, inspired person like Apostle Paul, wouldn’t you?
This morning, during my time of “coffee with the Lord” I read the closing advice he gave fellow Christians in the little city of Colossae. It registered powerfully with me! It was like he was encouraging and counseling Christians who live in our world today and want to make a significant impact upon their country, communities, culture and neighbors.
Here is my feeble attempt at paraphrasing it (and then for the sake of accuracy, I’m going to give it to you right out of the Bible – you can check me out. The passage is Colossians 4:2-6 – look it up)…
First of all, practice sustained prayer – don’t give up! Keep on praying for the needs of others – especially who are communicating the Gospel with others (and don’t forget to be thankful!).
Secondly, watch your mouth! Be careful what you say! Don’t “pop off” with your mouth (or on social media) and hurt your Christian testimony or witness.
Here’s Paul’s words right out of the Bible (let it sink in – good advice!)
“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 4:2–6 ESV)