Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Daily devotional: Intentional relationships

Scripture
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 NIV

Observation
A significant reason God does not take us to heaven as soon as we trust in Him is so that we can share His mysterious plan of salvation through Jesus Christ so that others will come to know Him too. We are created for community with God and community with others. We are not to avoid non-Christians, which can be a natural inclination for those who do not want to fall back into temptations and former way of life, but rather we are to continue in our relationships with wisdom and intentionality, making the most of every opportunity. Our conversations should be enjoyable to those we are with, meaning that even though we are no longer of the world, we are still in it and aware of the context by which the world is living. And our conversations should direct others to Christ, which should be natural as we keep our hearts set on things above, not on earthly things (Colossians 3:1-3).

Application
Invest time to understand the culture around me and to be a good friend. Enjoy the relationships God has led me into, and do not neglect the intentionality that the Lord has sent me to proclaim the good news about salvation through faith in Jesus!

Prayer
Lord, I love you. Sometimes I wish that I could remain in a safe cocoon, surrounded by those who love You. But You have called me to more than that, to continue in intentional relationships. Thank you for the awesome friendships You have blessed me with. Help me to be a good friend, and not to just enjoy these earthly friendships but also to be wise and direct our conversations towards Christ so that I do not neglect the message people need to hear. Please open up my friends' hearts and minds to You, and help me relate the message of salvation with grace, seasoned with salt, and able to answer everyone. Thank you for doing this work in me and through me.

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