Col 4:5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.
Col 4:6 Let your speech [be] alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
Interesting verses, and ones us Christians should be following. I realize the importance of trying to give truth out to a lost world as much as possible, it is not always easy. I witnessed recently to one lady who had spoken of leaving a severe more legalistic Jehovah Witnesses cult where her family practiced active shunning, and now is an secularist or atheist telling her what Jesus truly taught and that being a Christian was not about being a slave to false teachers who seek to put people in bondage. The Christian who is walking with the Lord will attract others open to the truth who see the Holy Spirit in you. That said do not despair or quit, if you run into many who have refused the gospel, keep moving on, there is always someone new to bring the truth too. Remember here too, that in the Bible, no one listened to Noah, and other's who warned and preached the truth. Those who do any watchmen warnings, realize to even have the strength to continue because of the numbers who refuse to listen, you must warn and preach God's truth no matter if it is very few who listen or even at times, even none at all!
This world can feel like a very lonely place to the Christian. It is a struggle I face, as I have prayed to God to find some local Christian fellowship, but lately I've been thinking about this, didn't Jesus say the flock would be "scattered"? This verse helped me grow into more understanding about this matter, not so troubled about my status seemingly on a local basis of feeling like a "lone Christian" ranger.
Obviously the wolves have scattered the flock....
John 10:12 But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.
From the OT: This verse was definitely a great one for me to read....
Ezekiel 34: 2 As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day.
And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.
Especially in these days, Christians are out there, but definitely some are finding themselves more on their own.
Acts 8:1 makes it plain that all Christians are to be out there preaching the gospel and as you read notice how this is done as they are scattered and persecuted as well but still preaching the truth. So one thing to realize, no matter where you are, or your circumstances, in prison, down and out, living in a godless city with only apostate churches, preaching the gospel to others is to be of highest priority.
Act 8:1 ¶ And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles.
Act 8:2 And devout men carried Stephen [to his burial], and made great lamentation over him.
Act 8:3 As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed [them] to prison.
Act 8:4 ¶ Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.
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