2 “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. 3 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. 4 Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. 5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”
As Christ-followers, we have responsibility to go out into the world and share the good news of the Gospel with unbelievers. This is not really an option (it is a command-Matthew 28:19-20); it is more like something that we signed up to do when we gave our lives to Jesus. There are many things a Christian should be doing in their own walk with God, and prayer is one of the most important. Prayer should not be viewed though, as something we just check off of our “Christian To-Do” list. Prayer is personal time we get to spend with God, so that our communication with him is ongoing and he is continually working on the condition of our hearts. When we talk to and walk with the Lord, listening for His voice, He can use us to bring non-believers to know him—He will open doors of opportunities like today’s verses point out.
The more we grow in our faith, the greater compassion we will have for the lost. God uses this compassion to help shape our spirit in a grace-filled, truthful manor. God wants His children to be ready to share the Gospel with the lost so that they too, will come to know our loving and merciful Heavenly Father! God wants us to be wise in the ways that we speak to and interact with non-believers in the hopes that our joy-filled and loving spirit will be attractive to those who are wondering what this “Jesus thing” is all about. How exciting that we get to be a part of God’s great redemption story!
When is the last time you had a conversation about Jesus with a non-believer? Was your conversation full of grace and seasoned with salt?