Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one. (Colossians 4:5-6)
Walking And Talking
The Christian is a walking billboard of the testimony of Jesus Christ. It takes great care to present a proper example of faith. Living in a glass house of righteousness the world will scrutinize the character and conduct of those who profess allegiance to Jesus Christ. It takes wisdom to live in a world filled with temptation. This wisdom must come for God. Faith grows from the word of the Lord dwelling in the heart and seen in the actions of a life dedicated to a holy calling. The world can be callous against the Christian. Calls of hypocrisy can destroy the effectiveness of a Christian example. The child of God must understand the influence of their life impacts others. If the language of the world is on the lips of the Christian the world will take notice. When a Christian dresses in the immodest fashion of the world the nonbeliever will not see Christ. It matters what kind of interest the Christian has because the world is watching. What they see is what they believe the person to be. For the child of God wisdom must be used to show forth Christ in every way.
Redeeming the time is important because the only impression some will have of God is seen in the life of the Christian. First impressions must always be of the Lord. There can easily be someone impacted for good because of a single life, a single deed or a single act. Walking in wisdom is seeking to always (emphasis on always) present a model of godliness in life so that others can see our good works and glorify God. Time is of the essence because there is so little of it. The time we spend at work is a valuable tool to use impressing on the hearts of coworkers the faith of Christ. Our family life is time sensitive to embed on the hearts of the children the love of God.
Walking the walk of faith will be of little value if the talking is not the talk of faith. Our speech betrays us. The speech patterns can determine whether a person comes from the northeast, south or a foreign country. We know immediately if a man is from Australia because of his dialect. This is so important in the speech pattern of the Christian. People know whether we are truly a servant of Christ or not because of the walk we talk. Using vulgar language does not reflect Jesus. Gossip does not glorify God. Murmuring grieves the Holy Spirit. Rather the daily language of the child of God is seasoned with the wisdom of God’s word teaching love, patience, understand and kindness. In this manner the walk of the Christian is in harmony with the talk of the Christian. Walk the walk and talk the talk – as long as the walking and the talking is in Jesus Christ!
I have read of a parade of boys in which everyone was in step except one youngster. It was discovered that under his coat he carried a transistor radio, and was marching to other music from a thousand miles away. The Christian is in step with the drumbeats of another world. (Vance Havner, 1901-1986)