Is Grace and Truth Abounding in Your Life?
Honoring Jesus in How You Live Your Life for Him
by J.M. Troppello
“To honor Jesus, grace and truth are both essential.” – Randy Alcorn
I love this quote from Randy Alcorn. Grace and truth are essential factors in a believer’s life—if they desire to honor Jesus. I want to honor Jesus. I’m thankful that life is a daily journey and God’s grace is new each morning. I don’t always walk in an honorable manner. Yet, walking in honor to God is my goal—one moment at a time each day.
2 Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving; 3 meanwhile praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the [a]mystery of Christ, for which I am also in chains, 4 that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak. 5 Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. 6 Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one. (Col. 4:2-6, NKJV)
I’ve shared this passage from Colossians 4:2-6 before. However, it’s definitely worth sharing again. The whole passage is important for the believer. You should continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving. But I want to focus on verses 5-6 for this article.
Paul urges believers to walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. Have you been walking in wisdom toward unbelievers? I’m asking myself the same question.
It’s so important, now more than ever, for believers to live honorable lives that are effective in showing the love of God to those around them.
Paul continued in verse 6 with Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one. Is your speech gracious to those around you? Is it seasoned with salt? Again, I’m asking myself the same questions.
Beating someone over the head (figuratively speaking) – through judgment – is never going to be a successful witness for Christ.
13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:13-16, NKJV)
In Matthew 5:13-16, Jesus spoke of believers being salt and light in the world. You can read his words on this topic in Mark 9:50 and Luke 14:34-35. As a Christian, your life is being watched by unbelievers. You never know how some of your actions (good ones) can become a stepping-stone for an unbeliever to move closer to a relationship with Christ. By the same token, your actions (bad ones) can drive people away from a saving knowledge of Jesus. That makes me think and reevaluate my own actions. I hope it may encourage you to evaluate yours as well.
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
About the Author
J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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