Seasoning Every Season

Posted on September 17, 2012

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

Colossians 4:2-6

Towards the end of his letter Paul instructs the church at Colassae to pray and specifically to ask that Paul would have opportunity to share Jesus with others and share boldly. In verse five he goes on to give that same challenge to the church, seeking opportunity to share the good news. Researchers say that 80% of people became a Christian because of a family member or friend. The fact is that Pequea will grow best not because of slick advertising but, because people share Jesus on a personal level. Leading someone to Christ requires trust and trust comes through personal relationships. Paul asks us to make the most of EVERY opportunity. Our conversation should always be ‘seasoned’ so that we can build relationships.

Not too long ago I went into a local retail store. I was in a hurry and to be honest I don’t often like to be approached by sales people. (Yep, I gotta work on that) Anyway, as soon as I came through the door a salesman approached and asked if he could help me find something. I immediately said “No thank you.” and kept on walking, not missing a beat. The salesman respond politely, “Okay, it looks like you know exactly what you are looking for.” He obviously got the message that I didn’t want to be bothered. When I got to the register with the item I was purchasing the salesman asked “Aren’t you one of the Pastors of Pequea Church?” Suddenly I realized we had met earlier in the year when he brought his kids to a youth event. He went on to explain how he and his family were interested in coming out to church. I certainly gave him my full attention at that point but I felt embarrassed by my earlier behavior. It wasn’t over the top or insulting but still, I should have been more friendly from the beginning.

Read the verse above again and ask yourself, “When people see the small portion of my life that they enter into, are they seeing the best? Will they find the love of Christ in my actions and attitude?”

-Pastor Robert Brody

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