Read Colossians 4:2-6
Paul gives THREE overarching commands in this text which help us to personally and practically live a missional lifestyle.
First of all, living a missional lifestyle involves constant praying for opportunities to share the gospel clearly with lost people.
In other words, we are to be constantly, continually devoting ourselves and being strong in prayer and never give up.
Read Romans 12:12
1 Thessalonians 5:17
All throughout the Scriptures, we are commanded to be a people whose lifestyle is marked by constant, fervent, earnest prayer.
Charles Spurgeon tells a story of a man he knew who told him that he had been praying for 20 years for the salvation of his friend and that God hadn’t saved him yet. He was complaining to Spurgeon that his prayers didn’t work. And Spurgeon simply asked him, “Have you spoken to your friend personally about salvation? Have you told him that you are concerned for his soul and have been praying for him for 20 years? The man sheepishly said he hadn’t done that. Spurgeon then told him this: Suppose I were to pray that it might be a good harvest over in that field and yet for 20 years I did not sow any corn there. Would I expect a harvest? Would God answer my prayer? Probably not.
Secondly, living a missional lifestyle involves capturing the unique moments God gives you to engage lost people.
In verse 5, Paul gives us the second command. He commands us to keep on continually and constantly walking in a manner that shows wisdom toward outsiders. “Who are the outsiders?”
These are basically non-Christians. Paul is addressing how we act toward those who are lost and he tells us to make the most of our time.
The word here is literally “redeem” the time. If you were in the marketplace in ancient Greece at this time you would buy up things in the market.
The word picture here is to buy up intensively. To snap up every opportunity. To make the most use of the time.
Read Ephesians 5:15-16
The word Paul uses for “time” here is “kairos”—this is a unique word for time. It means a special opportunity. An opportune moment. A unique moment in time that you may not have again.
In other words, God in His providence has given you unique opportunities to share Christ and don’t miss out on these opportunities. Take advantage of them. Don’t let them slip out of your fingers. Buy up this opportunity while supplies last!
Are you praying for lost people by name? Are you praying for opportunities to share? It’s amazing that once you begin to do this with some measure of consistency you actually have your eyes opened to the fact that God is actually answering your prayers and giving you a “kairos” moment to make the most of.
Thirdly, living a missional lifestyle involves gracing others with your words in order to truly care for lost people.
Our speech is to be always seasoned with salt so that what comes out of our mouths is grace- filled.
Read Matthew 5:13
Is your speech grace-filled? Are you speaking in ways that edify and encourage and show evidences of God’s grace in others or are you tearing down and backbiting and complaining and gossiping.
Read 1 Peter 3:15-16
Are you prepared to share the gospel since you have learned the truth? Are you prayed up by spending time asking God to give you opportunities to share. Are you praying for boldness and clarity and grace-filled words? Are you aware and sensitive to the “kairos” moment God has put right in your lap.
If so, then think how much of a blessing it is to actually open your mouth and give an answer. You will be amazed at what comes out of your mouth and how the Holy Spirit has empowered you in that particular moment with that particular person to tell that particular message of the gospel.
In a disciple-making small group, we can pray for lost people, get the encouragement we need to walk through those open doors, engage in mission together by inviting people to church, and also by just doing life together.
Pray for open doors. Pray for “kairos” moments. Pray that God would in His providence bring people into your life that needs the gospel.
You are always at work in your sovereignty. You are orchestrating events in my life and in the life of others to accomplish Your will. I pray for those “kairos” moments when You open doors. Grant me the boldness to share the gospel. Help me to give an answer to whoever asks me for the hope that I have. Help me to be intentional today in sharing my faith.
In Jesus Name,