In this next section of Paul’s letter to the Colossian and Laodicean believers, we find the marching orders to continue to pray and proclaim the gospel. Praying, walking in wisdom, and proclaiming the truth about Jesus are vital parts of continuing to follow Jesus. We could say that praying, practicing and proclaiming are three keys to being effective witnesses for Jesus Christ.
Notice first of all that in the divine order, prayer precedes anything that we say or do in the Name of Jesus Christ. Prayer sets the stage, so to speak, in that it prepares us for the actions and interactions that are to follow.
Secondly, realize that we are to walk, not just wisely, but also towards those who are without Christ. We are divinely planted ambassadors of Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20). It is in this fallen world that we are to be salt and light for God and His Kingdom (Matthew 5:13-16). It is in this fallen world that we work, go to school, and live as believers. We do not live our Christian life in a cave or in a monastery. We do not live out our faith in Jesus in some secret corner or cultish compound, isolated from any contact with the day-to-day affairs of this life or people who are not saved.
By the grace of God, we are called to glorify Christ in all that we do. “… whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31) We are to be Christ-like employers and employees and neighbors. Our lives are to be displays of the grace and transforming power of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Make today count for Jesus. Redeem the opportunities that His providence gives you to display practically and speak boldly of His love and grace.