by Pastor Mark Jordan
“Act wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. Your speech should always be gracious and sprinkled with insight so that you may know how to respond to every person.” (Colossians 4:5-6, CEB)
Are you making some small changes? Are you seeing BIG DIFFERENCES as a result? I sure hope so! As we continue in our series looking at how small things can make a BIG DIFFERENCE, it is good to remember that it begins with love. We are to shape that into our prayer life, and worship God as the One who gave you life. Taking it a step farther, I want you to think about how you externalize your life, sharing in service, and seeking to serve God by serving others.
I am reminded of the word, evangelism. That might be a word that brings up all different kinds of images, but at its heart, the word evangelism simply means to share good news. This is what Paul referred to in today’s passage by looking for opportunities to share good news with others. He also encouraged his readers to do so with insight, trying to find relevant and meaningful ways to show others the goodness of God. Other translations of today’s verse say to sprinkle your words with salt…the zesty seasoning that preserves, has its own unique flavor, but also enhances the flavors of others.
Your words, sharing good news, and serving others, can make a major difference in the world, but I admit this can be difficult at first. The most important thing is to begin, even if it is a small step at first. A small step, followed by other small steps, can leave a lasting impact of BIG DIFFERENCES, but you have to begin. Start small. Share a daily water, talk about your favorite worship song, or something you experienced at church. Invite someone to pray with you, attend worship, or do a simple service project. Be insightful. Be intentional. Begin sharing the goodness of God with the people He’s given you to do life with. It will change the world, beginning with you.
Prayer: Dear God, you’ve given me a great story to share of how you are changing my life. Forgive me for the times I keep that to myself, because I know you want me to share your glorious goodness with others. Help me to do some small things that can make a big difference. I ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen.