By Donna Hughey

I’m sure we can all think of a time where we’ve failed to share Christ when there was a perfect opportunity to do so. This is often due to the fact that believers mistakenly think the only way of sharing their faith is by having a deep theological conversation about God or Jesus. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Sharing Christ with others isn’t always verbal — in fact, it’s our actions that speak volumes about who we are and what we believe.

Listen to how the apostle Paul connects our actions with opportunities:

“Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity” (Colossians 4:5 NIV).

Paul is teaching that believers need to be aware of their behavior so they don’t miss any opportunities to share God’s saving grace with others — especially with those who are outside of a relationship with God. But Paul warns us that our actions and behaviors need to be filled with wisdom.

Wisdom plays an important role in winning outsiders to Christ. Proverbs 11:30 says, “Godly men are growing a tree that bears life-giving fruit, and all who win souls are wise” (TLB). The goal of every believer should be to lead others to Christ; however, we need to exercise Godly wisdom to do this successfully.

So how do we get wisdom? Scripture teaches that wisdom comes from letting the word of God dwell richly within us (Colossians 3:16). And the only way that can happen is by diligently and faithfully studying the Bible. The more we read, the more we study, the more we know about God, the more our lives will reflect what we’ve learned.

Then, of course, opportunity will come knocking. It may present itself in the simplest of forms — maybe by preparing a meal for an overworked single mother, or by simply mowing the lawn of an elderly neighbor. Or it might present itself a little deeper such as someone asking an intense, theological question about salvation.

All believers are God’s representatives while living here on earth and that’s a huge responsibility. And part of that responsibility means living our lives wisely and honorably — a life that deliberately reflects the gospel, which in turn glorifies God (Matthew 5:16; 1 Peter 2:12).

Maybe it’s time we ask ourselves a few questions about how we’re doing in this area. Are we mindful that the non-believing world is watching our behavior and actions? Do we live out the gospel in full view of others to observe? Do we show the world God’s love at every opportunity?

If we aren’t willing, ready, or available to help others, then we run the risk of letting opportunities of sharing our faith slip through our fingers. And sometimes those opportunities will not present itself again.

So be watchful and pray that God brings opportunities to spread the gospel in your small piece of the world. And as you share God’s love to those you come in contact with, remind yourself that one day you’ll hear God say, “Well done, my good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:21).

Award winning Christian author and columnist Donna Hughes lives in Crescent City.

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