July 21, 2017
“The Wise Witness”
The proposition of my message this coming Sunday is simple – in witnessing for Christ, we must exercise wisdom.
The word “wise” is best translated “one who possesses the ability to choose appropriate means.” In other words, wisdom is needed when we witness to others in order to discern the situation and find the best way forward.
The word “witness” is best translated “one who gives a personal account of an event,” or “one who publically affirms something through word and action.”
When we put these words together we arrive at this simple conclusion – Christians are to give a personal account of their salvation event in a way that is appropriate and helpful to the unbeliever.
The Bible makes it clear that anyone who claims to belong to Christ is to serve as His witness. Christianity, by its very nature is to be publicly proclaimed and lived out; it is not a private religion to be suppressed and concealed.
Therefore, true followers of Jesus Christ will seize any and every opportunity to wisely share their faith with a watching and listening world.
In Colossians 4:2-6, the Apostle Paul closes his letter by noting six characteristics of the wise witness. Three characteristics speak to the inner life of the wise witness while the other three speak to the outer life of the wise witness.
In preparation for Sunday, I hope you’ll take the time to ponder Paul’s Spirit inspired words.
Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart. 3 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. 4 Pray that I will proclaim this message as clearly as I should. 5 Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone (Colossians 4:2-6).
As a witness,