Read Colossians 4:2-6
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. 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. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. 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.
If you had to eat all food without salt for a day or two, how would this affect your eating habits?
What request did Paul make of his readers? (Colossians 4:3-4)
How should believers speak to others? (Colossians 4:6)
Why is prayer important?
How much time do you devote to prayer each day?
How well do you relate to unbelievers?
Paul demonstrated the value of teamwork in ministry; how well do you work with other Christians for the kingdom of God?
Paul spoke highly of his Christian friends; what can you praise about your Christian friends?
In what ways is your conversation “seasoned with salt”? How can you season your speech with God’s grace among non-Christians?
How can you remember to speak well of family members and Christian friends this week?
What personal relationship can you improve during the next few days? How?
“4:5–6 Good Behavior toward Those Outside the Community. Paul encourages the Colossians to manifest a powerful and attractive testimony to non-Christians. seasoned with salt. This statement echoes the teaching of Jesus when he called his disciples to be “the salt of the earth” (Matt. 5:13). When applied to conversation, the metaphor suggests speaking in an interesting, stimulating, and wise way. Paul’s comments assume that the Colossian believers are vitally involved in the local community and have ample opportunities to interact with outsiders in a way that would commend the gospel to them.” Crossway Bibles. The ESV Study Bible. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2008.
“Paul presents to the Colossians and to us a beautiful explanation of Christ’s person and work. We do not need to turn to ourselves, to angels, or to anything else. Jesus is our true God and Savior. This “grocery list” of concluding instructions shows that the Gospel is not an abstract idea. It is the essential truth that transforms individual lives, such as those mentioned here, and continues to transform one person after another. “
Engelbrecht, Edward A. The Lutheran Study Bible. St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House, 2009.
Dear heavenly father, I thank you thank You for the people You use to proclaim to me the Gospel of forgiveness in Christ. Continue to use me to bring that saving message to my relatives, friends, and acquaintances. Amen.