February 24: Your Radar Screen

Read Colossians 4:2-6

Imagine what would happen if an air traffic controller turned off his radar for an hour. What would happen if he left it on but chose to ignore the screen and all communication with the pilots of the planes? The results could be disastrous!

For the past three weeks, we have attempted to be attentive to the radar screen. We have tried to be alert to those around us. During the past few weeks, we have been encouraging you to look for daily opportunities to reach out to people and extend the love of Jesus, the story of the gospel, and an invitation to church to others. Today is the last day. The danger now is that we just turn off our spiritual radar. Let’s face it. The risk that other things will quickly distract us from this kind of outreach-oriented mindset is very real. Retreating into a focus on “me, my, and mine” is a potential hazard.

And that is where the words of Colossians 4:5 call us back to the control tower and the radar screen. “Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”

We need wisdom to know how to conduct our lives in relationship with those who don’t yet know Christ. We need wisdom not just for a three-week period of time but for every day. As we pay attention to our spiritual radar screens, we must be ready for every opportunity, and they are probably more plentiful than we have observed in our past. Our conversations . . . not just one a day, but all of them . . . should not only be gracious, but somehow also peppered with the grace of God. In fact, every encounter with every person is a grace encounter.

Will you make the transition from this being a brief outreach emphasis that came and went? Will you allow this to become a new way of life . . . a missional life? Will you keep your eyes riveted on the spiritual radar screen, in tune with how God might use you to share His love with those around you?


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