Act wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time. Your speech should always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you should answer each person.
Colossians 4:5-6 (HCSB)
Note from Kip…
How we conduct ourselves has a massive impact to the world around us.
I’m sure there are those that would argue the point, but in my heart and mind, the answer to the question of ‘Why are we here?’, which as been posed through the ages, has been answered by Jesus himself. In His actions over the course of time.
Pretext #1 – We were made to love:
In a nutshell, God who’s awareness spans all time as we know it, knew deeply how much He loved us, before he even crafted us. He then therefore, created us to love. It is as simple as that.
In order to have us respond to Him in the manner that He desired, He needed to give us a free will of our own, so that we could respond to His love for us, by choice, with our love for Him; with our love for each other.
Pretext #2 – We are the vessels of His Love:
Jesus could have simply created us preprogramed to love Him. But that wouldn’t accomplish what He desired. No, in order to do that we had to be given free will. As a result, that opened us up to make the decision ‘not’ to love; Him, or others. And that is exactly what happened in the garden.
In His foresight, He saw that some would choose to love Him and others would not. But He loved us all, so there was a secondary pretext to our ‘being here’ established, which is to ‘Share His Love’ with each other.
Then there was Love:
If you can accept these two pretexts, then understanding why we are here isn’t a mystery, it become a fact of ‘life’ as we know it.
That’s where todays passage comes into play, because for all that we say to convey the Love of Christ to the world, just as we have been charged to do; it only takes one careless word or one inconsiderate act to wipe out our effectiveness in being that candle on a hill.
We do not have a lot of time here in the expanse of eternity. Our existences on this earth, is but a speck on the backdrop of eternity. Probably a better contrast would be a photon, in a molecule, in a speck; against that backdrop of eternity. Something so insignificant, that you’d not only have to go looking for it, but you’d have to go to great measures to find it
So if our time is relatively short, we need to use what little time we have here, to do what we are ‘here’ for! Love! Love with the Love Christ gives us. Be unfettered by callous thought or actions. In other words, as stated in our passage for today; Act Wisely!
But speaking the truth in love, let us grow in every way into Him who is the head — Christ.
Ephesians 4:15 (HCSB)
In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not fear. What can man do to me?
Psalms 56:4 (HCSB)
Jesus talking to Peter…
“But you,” He asked them, “who do you say that I am?”
Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God!”
Matthew 16:15-16 (HCSB)
But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power, is perfected in weakness.” Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me. So I take pleasure in weaknesses, insults, catastrophes, persecutions, and in pressures, because of Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (HCSB)
God replied to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM., This is what you are to say to the Israelites: I AM has sent me to you.”
Exodus 3:14 (HCSB)
Flee from youthful passions, and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. But reject foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they breed quarrels. The Lord’s slave must not quarrel, but must be gentle to everyone, able to teach, and patient, instructing his opponents with gentleness.
2 Timothy 2:22-25 (HCSB)
Your life should be free from the love of money. Be satisfied with what you have, for He Himself has said, I will never leave you or forsake you.
Hebrews 13:5 (HCSB)
The Lord is my light and my salvation — whom should I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life — of whom should I be afraid?
Psalms 27:1 (HCSB)
For I am persuaded that not even death or life, angels or rulers, things present or things to come, hostile powers, height or depth, or any other created thing
will have the power to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord!
Romans 8:38-39 (HCSB)
But from eternity to eternity the Lord’s faithful love is toward those who fear Him, and His righteousness toward the grandchildren of those who keep His covenant, who remember to observe His precepts.
Psalms 103:17-18 (HCSB)
Let me experience Your faithful love in the morning, for I trust in You.
Reveal to me the way I should go because I long for You.
Psalms 143:8 (HCSB)