Monday, October 31,2016.
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunities. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you should answer everyone.- Colosians 4 : 5 – 6(NET).
LISTEN : Christian preachers and teachers often speak about the “unsaved,” or “non-Christians.” Another word used of them in bible parable is the “lost”. But one may ask, who are these people? What does it mean to be lost or unsaved? What does it mean to be a non-Christian? The word unsaved, lost or non-Christian simply describe people who are not in a right relationship with God and who will equally be punished for their sins. Both the Old and New Testaments teach that the lost (unsaved) will perish eternally in hell, but will be saved when they turn to God through faith (John 3 : 16; Romans 8 : 1- 2). In our verse of the day, the bible enjoined us to deal with the unsaved with wisdom. This is not earthly kind of wisdom but heavenly (James 3 : 17). We christians cannot relate well with the unsaved without wisdom. The bible says, “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all your getting get understanding.” (Proverbs 4 : 7 KJV). The International Standard Version (ISV) puts it this way, “Wisdom is of utmost importance, therefore get wisdom, and with all your effort work to acquire understanding.” We must study to apply our knowledge of God in our relationship with those who does not have the knowledge of God. We must use our God-given intelligence, knowledge and understanding to think and act in such a way that common sense prevails and the choices we make are beneficial and productive. The fear of God should cause us to mind what we do with, or to the unsaved. Where there is no fear of the Lord, there can never be any true wisdom. It’s just not possible.
The bible says, “Walk in wisdom;” this simply means, let your course of life be managed with all Christian prudence, that you may not in any way disparage the Christian Faith (Rom 2:24); with our innocency we should be wise as serpents,(Mat 10:16 ; see Eph 5:15). Beloved, do not forget that the unsaved are usually difficult to win over, therefore, as christians, wisdom demands that we like Apostle Paul, should become all things to all men to gain (save) some, (1Co 9:20-23), as we strive to save them, we must take heed lest we compromise and wound our consciences, we should reprove the wicked and not comply with their inordinate lifestyles, (Eph 5:11); and, on the other side, we should avoid to be seen as contemptuous of them without just cause as that may provoke them to persecute us. Beloved, we should be wary in our reasoning with those who are not Christians, not denying any of them what is due to them by Divine and human rights, (Rom 13:7 1Pe 2:13). Apostle Paul’s command to the Colosians and to us by extension is to endeavour to consider the unsaved, as they are not of the household of faith like we are, (Gal 6:10), we should be more circumspect, that we do not give occasion of offence to them, or be infected with their evil practices, but endeavour to adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things. As we engage with people everyday we must not forget that time is running out. Our wisdom should be demonstrated by the way we live. We should be polite, kind, gentle, compassionate, loving, generous, caring, courteous and the likes, if we expect the unsaved to respond to the message of salvation. Beloved, walk with wisdom toward the unsaved and you will win them to Christ.
Having read today’s devotional, what are you expected to do?
1. Relate with the unsaved the way Jesus Christ would relate with them if he were physically present.
2. Always remember that God value the unsaved and want them to come home through our individual efforts by evangelism.
3. Pray for divine wisdom in your walk with the unsaved lest you compromise your faith, or stir up avoidable persecution.
4. Let your words and actions demonstrate to the unsaved the Christ in you and cause them to return to God.
Daily Task : Study to demonstrate divine wisdom by the way you live. Be polite, kind, gentle, compassionate, loving, generous, caring, courteous and the likes, if you expect the unsaved to respond to the message of salvation.
Daily Reflection : Christ should be the center of our relationship with others. So let your words and actions demonstrate to the unsaved the Christ in you and cause them to hunger for God.
Prayer : LORD God, I am blessed by your word today, I ask for grace to walk in wisdom towards non-Christians, help me not to compromise my faith, nor miss your purpose for my life in Jesus’ name, amen.
Prophetic Word : Today, I prophesy over your life, uncommon wisdom is released to you from above; you will not miss God’s purpose for your life, in Jesus’ name.