Opportunities With Outsiders

Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity.  Colossians 4:5

Have you ever been an “outsider?”  The dictionary defines it as a person who does not belong.  We’ve all experienced this at some stage of life – maybe in middle school (where it seems no one really fits in), or perhaps in a job, where you were the only Christian in the office.  You feel awkward and unaccepted.  As believers, we are called “aliens” and “sojourners” because we know that this world is not our home; our citizenship is in heaven.

In Colossians 4:5, however, we see that the real outsiders are those who are not a part of God’s family.  The King James reads those who are without.  We could say, “without what?”

Without salvation.

Without hope.

Without Jesus.

While we may feel like an outsider, consider what it means to actually be one!

We are told to conduct ourselves with wisdom toward outsiders.  Acting wisely includes the words of our mouth, the attitudes of our heart, as well as our actions.  When we are around those do not believe in God, we should consciously be speaking and acting in a way that draws others towards Christ.  We must realize that we may only have one opportunity to leave an impression of who Jesus is.  We should be sensitive to what others think and believe and never give them a reason to reject Christ based on our behavior.

Think for a moment what it feels like to be an outsider.  Now take that feeling and turn it into compassion for the person who does not know Christ.

What words can you speak that will encourage them to consider Him?

What actions can you take that will cause them to reflect on the truth?

What attitude can you show that reveals how God loves them and desires them?

The reality is, we all were once outsiders, but someone cared enough to invite us in.  Who is in your life that needs an invitation?

Ephesians 2:12-13 – Remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.  But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

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Adapted from 40 Days Of Spiritual Awareness, a devotional journey that reminds us of how God is at work in us, around us, and through us, to proclaim the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

 

 

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