Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time.
Don’t look now, but you’re being watched. Maybe not right this second, but you’ve certainly been turning some heads.
Why is that, you ask? Because you believe and strive to live by the Bible. The world around us is increasingly antagonistic to the values and beliefs contained in the Bible. Many passages of Scripture are publicly mocked and ridiculed by all sorts of people and groups—so when someone openly, unapologetically adheres to the Bible, it draws attention.
Those who hate the Bible and what it teaches will often be looking for a chance to expose you as a hypocrite and challenge your belief system every step of the way, like the Pharisees tried to do to Jesus Christ (Matthew 22:15). Part of “redeeming the time” means being careful about how we represent ourselves to those who are unbelievers.
Paul continues, “Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one” (Colossians 4:6).
People are watching you—people will always be watching you. We have to remember that the example we set (in both speech and conduct) is going to affect how people see us and how they view the Bible. How we live has a huge impact on the accuracy of that perception.
The book of Proverbs contains many nuggets of advice on how to interact with people. Read our article on Proverbs to learn about the wisdom contained in this book.
Tomorrow on the Daily Bible Verse Blog: “Dissolutions and Resolutions.”