Colossians 4:5 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.
Could there be a more timely message for all of us today? Harsh and divisive language and behavior have invaded our culture to the point it’s expected, if not accepted. Recognizing the wisdom of opportunity, words and behavior matter now more than ever. Most of us are embarrassingly aware there is a distance between our willingness to share the Gospel truth freely and how we live our daily lives. There’s a reason for that. It’s reminiscent of the dynamic that happened way-back-when in the Garden of Eden when a clever snake successfully confused those first two messengers by questioning the clarity of God’s truth.
We are the messengers today and unfortunately we’ve taken a bite out of that apple of deceit. We are reluctant to “make the most of every opportunity” because that same clever deceit has left us believing consideration and tolerance are in conflict with the broad outreach of the life-saving Gospel: that wisdom and conversation can be “full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”