Some Thoughts on Walking in Wisdom

The core issue in the letter of Colossians—that you may know Christ…

I want you woven into a tapestry of love, in touch with everything there is to know of God. Then you will have minds confident and at rest, focused on Christ, God’s great mystery. All the richest treasures of wisdom and knowledge are embedded in that mystery and nowhere else. And we’ve been shown the mystery! I’m telling you this because I don’t want anyone leading you off on some wild-goose chase, after other so-called mysteries, or “the Secret.” —Colossians 2:2-4, The Message

The challenge made clear for them and us—that you may live God-honoring lives…

Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way. —Colossians 3:17, The Message

The call to action—choose to live wisely…

2Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. 3And 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. 4Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. 5Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. 6Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. —Colossians 4:2-6

Three specifics, when it comes to living wisely…

1. Pray diligently… for yourselves; for others; for open doors for the proclamation of the mystery of Christ; for clarity of message and faithfulness to our task.

2. Stay alert… being watchful of what might lie ahead, rather than our characteristic knee-jerk prayer lives. While God welcomes our petitions, should we really think of prayer as a gimme’ session with God? To keep life in perspective and our focus on things that really matter, our prayers should be overflowing with thanksgiving for all He has done and all that He has promised to do!

3. Walk wisely towards those outside the covenant circle… We should use our interactions wisely as we look for teachable moments. When these arise, cease the moment. Don’t clobber people with truth tirades. Speak the truth, but do so in love. When you’ve gained the trust of others, they will gladly let you apply the sometimes stinging, but always purifying and life-preserving, salt of God’s truth to their lives. Remember: there are times when what you say is not as import as how you say it.

Perhaps Peterson says it best…

Use your heads as you live and work among outsiders. Don’t miss a trick. Make the most of every opportunity. Be gracious in your speech. The goal is to bring out the best in others in a conversation, not put them down, not cut them out. —Colossians 4:5-6, The Message

© Bill Williams, October 4, 2006

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4 Responses to Some Thoughts on Walking in Wisdom

  1. Donna says:

    Great thoughts. Words we can all live by.

  2. Mag says:

    I think I may have really blown it yesterday.

    A lady from some remote place identifies herself as “cosmopolitan” and lets me know that she is examining all the religions of the world. She wants to know what Christianity is all about. So, I told her ALL about it, and why Christianity is the superb choice.

    I’m sure I sounded full of hot air.

    I think I was too heavy on truth and not as heavy enough on rapport.

    Well, pray for this lady, that God will redeem my mistakes and open her eyes in an opportune time to the gospel message!


  3. John says:

    Thanks for the wisdom, Bill. I enjoyed this immensely!

  4. Greg England says:

    Christ in us. Just imagine the transformation of the bride of Christ were we to realize it’s not about us living the Christian life … it’s about us removing ourselves from the throne of our heart and allowing Christ to live in and through us.
    That has been the focus of my preaching for the past five years.

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