By Katelyn S. Bolds, Staff Member
“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
As a reader and avid fangirl, it can be easy to slip into using colloquial terms and inside-jokes from my bookish fandoms in normal conversation. I mean, Flying Fluffhoppers, people! Y’all should read more. While using these terms occasionally could make my friends and family curious, using them all the time alienates and distracts from my intentions. It’s the same way with speaking to people about Christ.
We all want to representation Christ well, but when it comes to spreading the Gospel, it is easy to stumble over terminology and religion. Speaking regarding the Trinity, communion (or Eucharist), denominations, and even the term Gospel itself can be confusing to people who did not grow up indoctrinated with the terminology of the Church. Instead, when we present the Gospel to those outside the church, we need to be full of grace and know how to speak to the particular individuals we have in front of us. Everyone will receive the Gospel differently. Some will need a debate of science, some of the way good and evil are represented in the world. The first step to being prepared to “answer everyone” is having a heart prepared with grace and wisdom. Today, look at the words that you use and notice how you might better shape your ministry to those around you.
Prayer: Lord give me the right words to represent my passion for You. Show me the people in my life who are ready and willing to learn more and give me wisdom in my conversations. Amen.