DAILY WORDS OF HOPE
BY PCG, HOPE CONGREGATION–SAK. EST
TODAY’S VERSE: Colossians 4:1-6
THEME: PRAYER AND LIFESTYLE EVANGELISM
WORDS OF HOPE:
Paul has dealt thoroughly with the redemption of believers in the first three chapters, but as he moves toward his conclusion, he encourages the reader to consider their own responsibility in sharing the Good News. Paul speaks to three areas of our life that we must consider if we are serious about sharing the Gospel:
- The way we pray: We should pray with a focus on the work of the Gospel in our own lives. As we focus on living like Christ we must pray constantly, watchfully and thankfully. We must pray about the following;
• Pray with awareness of the work of God in your life now and with an eye toward His return.
• We should pray with a focus on the spread of the Gospel to others.
• Pray that God would provide opportunities for the Gospel.
• Pray that God would give us clarity with the Gospel
- The way we live: If we are serious about sharing the Gospel, we must consider the way we live our lives (4:5);
• Live with wisdom in the world.
• Live with purpose in the world.
- The way we speak: If we are serious about sharing the Gospel, we must consider the way we speak (4:6). While we should pray for opportunities for the Gospel and we should live in a way that proclaims the Gospel, we must always remember that the Gospel must be spoken. Paul gives us two admonitions about the way we speak the Gospel:
• Speak with grace – The Gospel is a serious and often offensive message. With that said, we must never water down the Gospel, but we should share it with kindness and grace. Speak the truth in love.
• Speak with readiness – As those who have experienced redemption ourselves, we should always be prepared to tell others about the salvation we have found.
• Lord, grant me the grace to focus my prayer on winning souls.
• Lord, may my speech/utterance bring others to the Lord.
• Lord, may my life be an example for others.
I pray in the name of Jesus that my life will cause others to glorify the Lord. Amen