April 14, 2021

What Does Colossians 4:5 Mean?

What Does Colossians 4:5 Mean?

Colossians 4:5 (NLT) “Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. 

Transcript

Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth.

In Colossians chapter 4, Paul teaches us the importance of prayer including the prayer to speak with boldness and clarity about Jesus Christ. In verse 5 Paul continues speaking of the importance of reaching out to non-believers as it relates to how we live. He writes, “Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. 

Scholars believe that rumors of the misconduct of Christians were being spread among the people during the time of Paul’s writings. And Paul makes a point to say that the believers should even be more cautious in their behavior to prove those lies wrong. 

How? By living wisely among non-believers making the most of every opportunity. Meaning that we should conduct ourselves in a way that attracts and convicts pagans giving them a favorable impression of the Gospel message. The verb “make” as in “make the most of every opportunity” in the original Greek language was a market term that means “to purchase completely” or “to buy out.” In other words, we need to buy up every opportunity to live out and demonstrate Christ to others outside of the Christian faith allowing them to see the goodness of Christ through our actions and daily lifestyle. 

And that word “opportunity” points to a time ordained by God, meaning that God put that person in our path on purpose.

So your Simple Truth for today: Today, God has set up God-ordained opportunities for you to demonstrate the love of Christ with others not only in what you say, but even more so in what you do.

Have a blessed day. I’ll see you again tomorrow.