Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.
For me, a lot of my interactions with people outside the body of Christ can be very superficial. I chat with neighbors about their gardens or some shared irritant like a noisy dog that was barking late one night. When the conversation turns to something more significant – maybe an illness, concern over a child’s life struggles or the loss of a loved one – I can find myself unprepared. As a pastor, I usually know what to say to a Christian – but when an unbeliever’s heart is troubled, it gets much harder. These few words from Colossians remind me how I need to be thoughtful, prepared, and eager to bring Jesus’ love and, if the door is opened, the Gospel.