Be Gracious

The Virtuous Life - Day 214 - Colossians 4-2- 6 - Be Gracious - Growing As Disciples

The Virtuous Life – Day 214 – Colossians 4-2- 6 – Be Gracious – Growing As Disciples

Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.  Pray for us, too, that God will give us many opportunities to speak about his mysterious plan concerning Christ. That is why I am here in chains.  Pray that I will proclaim this message as clearly as I should.  Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity.  Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone. Colossians 4:2-6 (NLT)

Gracious And Attractive Conversation

I need help with that, there is no doubt about it. You need help with what? I need my conversation to be gracious and attractive. I need to be able to give the right response to everyone. It is easy to speak gracious and attractive words when everything is going well. It is entirely a different thing to be able to speak gracious and attractive words when the heat is on, and I am under pressure. It is then that I have found it very difficult to give the right response to everyone. Yes, I have noticed. Forgive me. You are forgiven. Why is it critically important that you become able to speak kind and gracious words in every circumstance, and especially when you are in the greatest difficultly, experiencing troubling trials? I’m sure that when I am in great difficulty, experiencing troubling trials, is when you want me to shine brightest for you. These times are when I can stand out as being quite different because your life is being lived out in and through me. It is in these times when speaking kind and gracious words would be unexpected, unique, and almost counter-cultural. It is in these times when others might ask me why I am so kind and gracious even in the most difficult circumstances. It is in these times when I can be the boldest witness and give the brightest testimony for you. Difficultly creates opportunity, and I want to make the most of every opportunity to be a witness for you. I want to bear fruit for your kingdom. I want to bring glory to your name. I want others to come to know and love and follow and serve you. Those are very good desires that you have in you. I will make you able to be a bold and bright witness for me in the darkness of this world. I will work in and through you. Thank you, Lord.

Lord, help my words to be gracious and attractive. Help my words to be seasoned with salt in a way that spreads the flavor of you everywhere. Give me opportunities to serve you, by sharing the Gospel with others.  Help me to lead others to follow you. Amen

Key Question…  How are you making the most of every opportunity to serve the Lord by ministering to others?

Living It Out…  Allow the Lord to use you to share the Gospel with others so that they will come to know Him.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that the Lord will give you opportunities to share the Gospel with others.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how you are making sure your words are gracious and attractive.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May your conversation be gracious and attractive so you will have the right response for everyone.

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Prayer With An Alert Mind

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 254- Colossians 4:2-6 - Prayer With An Alert Mind - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 254- Colossians 4:2-6 – Prayer With An Alert Mind – Growing As Disciples

Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.  Pray for us, too, that God will give us many opportunities to speak about his mysterious plan concerning Christ. That is why I am here in chains.  Pray that I will proclaim this message as clearly as I should.  Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity.  Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone. Colossians 4:2-6 (NLT)   

Opportunities

You need to be prayerful. You need to be watchful. You need to be thankful. Why is that? I’m not doubting that I need to be prayerful, watchful, and thankful. I want to understand fully why I need to ne prayerful, watchful, and thankful. I doubt that I know what you have on your mind. So, here I am, you have my full attention. I am listening attentively to you. You will miss opportunities to be my witness in the world if you are not prayerful, watchful, and thankful. You will not recognize wide open opportunities to proclaim me to others if you are not prayerful, watchful, and thankful. Can you be more specific? Can you give me more details? Yes, I can. Yes, I will.

If you are prayerful you will be listening attentively to me. You will hear my voice guiding you through life. You will be relying on me. You will not be relying on yourself. Remember your thoughts are not my thoughts. Remember your ways are not my ways. As you prayerfully listen, you will go where I guide you. As you prayerfully listen, you will do what I ask of you. Your heart and mind and life will be open to what I want to do in and through you. You will be able to know and do my will. Are these good enough reasons to be prayerful? They are excellent reasons to be prayerful. I will be prayerful as I walk through life with you. That will be very good.

You need to be watchful. Being watchful is a part of being prayerful. You will have wide open opportunities to share me with others. Doors will open wide for you to proclaim the good news of the Gospel to others. If you are not prayerfully watchful you will likely fail to recognize these opportunities. You will be distracted. You will be busy. You will be diverted to a thousand different tasks that will have no lasting and eternal value. You will misspend your time and talents and resources on what will not last. You will not bear fruit for my kingdom. You will not store up treasure in heaven with me. Are these good enough reasons to be watchful? They are excellent reasons to be watchful. I will be watchful as I walk through life with you. That will be very good.

You need to be thankful. You will go through up and down and twists and turns in life. You will experience pain and suffering and loss in life. How you go through difficulties and adverse circumstances will determine if you will or will not be a powerful witness for me in the world. You can become bitter and resentful or you can remain thankful that I am with you help through life. Know this, your darkest hours will be some of your best opportunities to shine brightly for me in the darkness of this world. Is this a good reason to be thankful? This is an excellent reason to be thankful. I will be thankful as I walk through life with you. That will be very good.

Lord, I will be watchful, prayer and thankful as I walk through life with you. Use every circumstance of my life as an opportunity to be a bold witness for you. Give me abundant opportunities to proclaim you graciously, attractively, and powerfully to others. Amen

Key Question… When have difficult and trying circumstances given you an opportunity to be a witness for Christ?

Living It Out… Be watchful and prayerful and thankful looking for every opportunity to share Christ with others.

Seeing It Happen… Have faith that you will be given wide open opportunities to share Christ with others.

Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how you have been given opportunities to share Christ with others.

Prayer To Bless Others… May you be devoted to prayer with an alert mind and thankful heart.

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Being Watchful

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Becoming Like Christ - Day 61 - Colossians 4:2-6 - Being Watchful - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 61 – Colossians 4:2-6 – Being Watchful – Growing As Disciples

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.  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 4:2-6 (NIV)

Every Opportunity

I want to see and take every opportunity that you give me to serve you. I want to walk through doors of opportunity that you will open so that I can faithfully do the work you will give me to do for you.  I want to be able to boldly proclaim the good news of the Gospel to those who do not know you. I want to live wisely before others so that my life will serve as a vibrant witness for you in this dark world. Give me your words so that I will speak life giving grace filled words that will draw others to you. Let all my words be seasoned with salt so that I can add your flavor to everyone in the world around me. You have very good desires in your heart and mind. You want what I want. I am sure that these desires that are in my heart have come from you. Yes, these desires that you have expressed do come from me.

How will the desires that you have in your heart be fulfilled? That is a question that I would like to ask you. Well, that is a question I have asked you. If you have asked me a question you must want me to think about the answer or maybe I already know the answer. That’s right. I will do both. That’s good. Then tell me your answer. I will.

The desires that you have placed in my heart will be fulfilled as I remain watchful and thankful in prayer. As I pray, you will show me what you want me to see. You will show me doors of opportunity to serve you. Yes, I will. As I pray, you will help me to be a bold and fruitful witness for you in the world. Yes, I will. As, I pray, you will give me grace filled words to speak that you draw others to you, Yes, I will. As I pray, you will help me to live and speak a life seasoned with salt that will spread the flavor of you everywhere. Yes, I will. Will you continue to be watchful and thankful in prayer? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.

Lord, I will be watchful and thankful in prayer. As I pray, help me to take every opportunity to serve you. Guide my prayers so I and others will have doors of opportunity to boldly serve you. Help me to live wisely so I will speak grace filled words to outsiders. Amen

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Full Of Grace

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Wisdom - Colossians 4:2-6 - Every Opportunity - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Wisdom – Colossians 4:2-6 – Every Opportunity – Growing As Disciples

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. 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 4:2-6 (NIV)

Every Opportunity

Are your eyes wide open to what I want you to see?  Are your ears attentive to all that I want to say to you?  I’m sure that I don’t see all you want to show me.  I’m positive I don’t hear all that you are saying to me.  Help me to see and listen.  It is my desire to be in step and in tune with you.  I don’t want to miss a beat.  Are you sure that you really want my help?  Yes Lord, I do want your help.

To see and hear me clearly you must devote yourself to prayer.  I don’t mean that you must lock yourself up in a room and do nothing but pray.  Your prayer life will start and be nourished in that secret room and place of prayer.  You must never give up setting aside time to meet with me in solitude, apart from the noise of your busy life.  Will you continue to allow me to teach and train and prepare you in our times together?  Yes Lord, I will.

I want you to carry our times of prayer into your life, throughout the day.  Have an attitude of prayer.  Be listening and watching with prayerful ears and eyes.  Keep one ear and eye on earth and the other ear and eye on me.  I will guide and direct your prayers.  Everything you see and hear will become a subject matter of prayer. 

In prayer filled moments throughout your day I will give you opportunities to minister to others.  I will use you as my vessel.  My spirit will empower you to do all that I ask you to do.  Don’t shrink back from opportunities that I will give to you.  Be bold and full of grace as you speak to others about the new life they can have in me.  Your speech will be like salt that seasons life and will taste good to others.  They will see my life in you and ask you how they can come to know me and become one of my children.  They will desire the new life of forgiveness and salvation that I will freely give to them.

Will you devote yourself to prayer and be watchful; listening to all that I want you to see and hear?  Will you carry your prayer into your day?  Will you act when I give you opportunities to minister to others?  Yes Lord, I will act. I will speak with the words you give. I will make the most of every opportunity you give to me. That will be very good.    

Lord, I will devote myself to prayer. I will be watchful and thankful. I will be looking for every opportunity to minister to others. Help my conversation to be always filled with grace so I will know how to answer everyone. Help me to clearly proclaim the gospel. Amen

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