The Upper Room devotional reflection for Wednesday, April 20, 2022 comes to us from Jennifer Lanane of North Carolina
2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. 3 And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. 4 Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. 5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. Colossians 4:2-6 NIV
I have three very good friends We have known each other for over 30 years and have been through many things together: births of children; deaths of family members; job changes; multiple moves; many long serious conversations; and many deep hearty laughs. The four of us are as close as sisters, but there is one challenge – two of us are Christians and two of us are not.
My Christian friend and I often strive to witness with our words and actions when we are all together, and we have prayed for opportunities to share our faith with our dear friends. We have tried to “Make the most of every opportunity” to talk about God’s work in our lives – how God gives us strength and wisdom and walks beside us. We have also prayed we would “be wise in the way we act” toward our friends. The importance of being God’s ambassadors is not lost on us. We know that our actions likely speak louder than our words in our witness.
Although it sometimes pains us to see our efforts not bear fruit, we have faith and peace knowing God’s work is not complete and the answer is in God’s hands. We are committed to doing God’s work by letting our conversation be always full of grace and seasoned with salt.
The adage, “Actions Speak Louder that Words” has always been wisdom for all of us. Jesus’ life exemplifies this adage. Jesus’ greatest commandment “to love God and love others as we love ourselves” is about actions; about taking actions that share God’s unconditional love for each and every one of us. Indeed, whenever we offer a kindness or reach out to share some comfort or joy, we indeed – that is, through our deeds – become God’s hands in this world.
Dear God, help us to witness by our words and actions. May you make us into ambassadors for you. Amen.
My loved ones who don’t know Christ
Thought for the Day:
I will continue to look for ways to share the Good News.