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Careful Witness

Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving. At the same time pray for us as well that God will open to us a door for the word, that we may declare the mystery of Christ, for which I am in prison, so that I may reveal it clearly, as I should. Conduct yourselves wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer everyone. Colossians 4:2-6 (NRSV)

Jennifer Lanane lives in North Carolina. She has three very good friends. They have known each other for over 30 years and have been through many things together; births of children; deaths of family members; job changes; multiple moves; many long, serious conversations; and many deep hearty laughs. The four of them are as close as sisters, but there is one challenge - two of them are Christians and two of them are not.

Her Christian friend and Jennifer often strive to witness with their words and actions when they are all together; and they have prayed for opportunities to share their faith with their dear friends. They have tried to "make the most of every opportunity" to talk about God's work in their lives - how God gives them strength and wisdom and walks beside us. We have also prayed we would "be wise in the way we act" towards their friends. The importance of being God's ambassadors is not lost on them. They know that their actions likely speak louder than their words in their witness.

Although it sometimes pains them to see their efforts not bear fruit, they have faith and peace knowing God's work is not complete and the answer is in God's hands. They are committed to doing God's work by letting their conversation be always full of grace and seasoned with salt.

Prayer: Dear God, help us to witness by our words and actions. May you make us into ambassadors for you, in Jesus' name. amen.

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