- Lesson 12 in the BaptistWay Press Connect360 Unit “The Fullness of Christ” focuses on Colossians 4:2-6.
As Christians, we have strategic opportunities to demonstrate our devotion to those inside and outside the community of faith. Among believers, we aim to model dedication to prayer for one another, watch for ways to strengthen one another, and to express thanksgiving. Among unbelievers, we strive to show devotion to being wise in how we act toward others, opportunistic in the way that we interact with others, and gracious in our conversations with others. Through living out the new life of Christ, we live a message of grace as we seek to proclaim Jesus in all we do and say.
Our actions speak louder than our words. If we ever hope to have an audience where we can share about the mysterious love of Jesus and the good news of his mercy, we must make sure our actions demonstrate enthusiastic commitment to the principles Jesus taught. While believers are not made perfect at the moment of conversion, we are to strive to live by the biblical principles of loving God and caring for our neighbor as we care for ourselves (Matthew 22:37–40). We must be cautious and intentional about the way we live and behave in this world.
Where we work, our neighborhoods and communities, and even perceived random encounters with strangers are all opportunities for us to reach out to those who do not know Jesus. Making short-term sacrifices in our everyday lives can lead to conversations about eternity and Spirit-empowered encounters to tell others about the reason for our hope (1 Peter 3:15). Consider Paul’s guidance in Ephesians 5:15–16: “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” We live in a time where evil is rampant, and yet, God has not finished his work in reaching people for his kingdom. We must realize the urgency of the matter and strive to make each day count. Living in Jesus, with him, and for him, we can use the opportunities we have to show Jesus, share him and glorify him in this world.
Compiled by Stan Granberry, marketing coordinator for BaptistWay Press.
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