By Graeme Tearle
Colossians 4: v2-6
In what will be the final passage of exhortation, Paul now turns to two of the most important areas of our Christian life – prayer and conduct.
Paul says three things about our prayer activity in these verses.
Paul says three things about our lifestyle in these verses.
The Greek word Paul uses here is ‘peripateo,’ as in ch.2v6. This means literally to walk.
But it has a far more significant applied meaning, ’choices of lifestyle, and actions taken; as governed by attitudes, the will, and personal desires’, suggesting our behaviour and life are led by the inner motivations.
Our lifestyles and attitudes are to be such that they demonstrate wisdom and attractiveness to the world around.
b) Make the most of the time. The word literally means ‘to buy back, redeem.’ And the word for ‘time’ literally means ‘opportunity,’
What Paul is saying here, is not so much that we aren’t to be time-wasters, but that opportunities to present the work and the word of the Lord to the world around can be gained or they can be lost. But we must focus. Use those opportunities to best advantage.
c) Seasoned speech
Just as we add seasonings to food for flavour and preservation, so our speech is to be governed in such a way as to timely, effective, and gracious to those around.
Colossians : Points to Ponder.
Consider: Does my conduct, my speech, my prayer add to the declaration of the mystery of Christ to those around?