Thursday, June 21, 2018

Wise and Careful Living

Encouragement for your daily walk with God 

Have you seen the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri? It’s really something to behold. This stainless steel marvel rises 630 feet and is the tallest structure of its kind in the world. Built in the 1960’s, both “feet” of the arch were constructed simultaneously, and joined at the center. Had the engineers been off by just a fraction on either foot, the two sides would not have met perfectly in the middle. That feat required incredibly wise planning and careful execution. 

There’s a sermon in there, believe me. When the Apostle Paul wrote to the Colossian Christ followers, he said they were to be careful to live wisely in the world. Great words then and now. The motivation for living this way is to be an effective witness to the lost. We certainly don’t want to miss a single opportunity to share the Gospel [Colossians 4.3]. That kind of wise living will sweeten our conversation and make it gracious and attractive [4.6]. 

Living wisely and carefully in God’s wisdom and strength is a double blessing. Not only does it help us live separately from the world, but it also guides us in how to interact with it. 

Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Colossians  4.5

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