Remain in the Father’s Love

Daily God Walk for Wednesday, January 12, 2011

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 4:5-6

 When Jesus was about to leave earth and return to heaven he gave the instruction that has come to be known as the “Great Commission.” There were several elements to that instruction, but the core of it is this: “Go and make disciples of all nations.”

Believers are still yoked with the responsibility of making disciples of all nations. We are told to be witnesses, and Mark’s record orders, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.” We have done a fairly good job of taking the gospel to all creation, particular since the advent of satellite TV and the internet, but have we done a good job of making disciples of all nations?

If we consider that approximately two billion people claim to be “Christian,” at least in a nominal sense, then we must realize that four billion people remain who are not Christian. That means that at least 40 times more people live today as non Christian than there were during the times of the early church.

I know there are many factors that have caused this imbalance, but the truth is we have not made disciples of all nations. I think Paul may have hit upon something in this passage that will give us some insight as to our need.

Paul writes, “Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders.” I fear we have not always been wise in our interaction with the world. Gandhi was impressed with the teachings of Christ and is credited as once saying, “I would have become a Christian if I had ever found one.”

It is time for us to look at the way we communicate with those who are not in faith. Is our witness full of grace, seasoned with love? Try the witness of love and see what God will do.

 Prayer: Lord, I need the Holy Spirit to fill me with grace so that my witness to the world will be seen as an expression of your love toward them. In Jesus name, amen.

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