GET TOGETHER- THAT MEANS ALWAYS!
Col 4:6 Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one. (NKJV)
Have you ever flunked a test and had to take the make up exam? Now I am sure that for many of you that you may have never had to do that in school. But how about in your journey with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ?
I flunked one last week. A service provider that I won’t name charged J.J. and I for a service that we had not ordered. I am not here to bash the company, or for this to be a place to air out complaints against others, or their business practices. The purpose of this devotional is to help us to respond in a way that glorifies Jesus Christ in situations where we do need to confront, but as to do it in a way that brings glory to His Name. By the way one of my weaknesses is that I hate confrontation.
When I called the company to explain the situation I spoke to the person on the other end of the phone in a way that did not glorify the Lord. I could make a lot of excuses. I could say that because I was put on hold for such a long time as an excuse. And I won’t go into all of the other excuses that I could have made if I was not a Christian.
After the Holy Spirit dealt with me about the tone in my voice in my conversation with the employee I repented. I asked the Lord to forgive me. I also prayed that if a similar situation came up that I would address the issue in a manner that was worthy of being a born-again blood bought follower of Jesus Christ.
Well would you guess what happened a few days later? The same company had done something just a little bit worse. I prayed and I called the company. It was a different employee this time. I did tell them about the problem. I did have to be firm about something. And to be honest although they resolved the situation, we did still come away with a smaller charge for something that we did not order, or have not used. I wasn’t super happy about that, but I am forgiving them as I type this. Thank You Holy Spirit for bringing that to my attention.
I don’t want to have to take this test a third time. I also realize that when a situation comes up like it did that it is an opportunity to be a witness for Jesus Christ. Our opening verse said for us to let our conversation be seasoned with salt. Jesus calls us to be salt and light to a world that needs Him so bad. He had this to say this when He was preached The Sermon on The Mount: Mt 5:13 -15 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. “Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Those two employees could have been fellow Christians. Or, they could have been someone that needed to see how a Christian respond in a situation where they may have been wronged. Jesus Christ has given us the example that we are to follow. We are told that in 1Pe 2:21-23 For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: “Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His mouth”; who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously.” My prayer for all of us is that no matter what the situation may be that we encounter is that we will bring glory to the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Certainly, if we are over charged for something in order to be good stewards, we are to attempt to see that matter corrected. On the other hand, we are to do it in a way that brings glory to His Name
Let Us Pray
Lord today we realize that we are living in a busy, hostile, and sometimes unfair world. When we face situations and circumstances that may require us to confront we ask You to help us to do it in a way that will bring honor and glory to Your Name. Help us to do it in a way that we might win the lost to You. And help us to do it in a way that our words would never hurt ,or injure anyone.
In Jesus Name
Thank the Lord that when He deals with us that He is always wanting to give us something better in return. Love you all!