Colossians 4:5 Using Opportunities Correctly

 

Immigrants

Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Colossians 4:5

All around the world in every nation and every city or community, there will be people who are outsiders. These are people who have moved into the area from some other location. This location can be from the same country, maybe only a few miles down the road, or from across the ocean. Regardless of where they come from, they are outsiders.

When these outsiders come from another nation, they are called immigrants. There is currently lots of discussion on how to treat those immigrants and what should or should not be done with them. Some want to kick them out, some what to put them in jail, and others want to let them stay.

The same problems arise with people who are outsiders coming around the church. These are people who are not believers. How does one in the church act towards them?

Often many believers treat them with distrust and hatred, not giving them an opportunity to know Jesus.

Paul says that the believer must be wise in how one acts towards them and to make the most of every opportunity.

Wisdom can be seen in being careful in choosing the words and actions spoken. Every believer is supposed to be a witness of who Jesus is and a representative of His great love and mercy towards others. This takes great wisdom from God to know.

The believer is to take every opportunity he can to show God’s love to the outsider–the non-believer, the world. This can only be done with love, mercy and grace in both words and actions.

Every day and at every moment there are many opportunities to be a witness to an outsider. More than half the world is an outsider to God.

Instead of being afraid of an outsider, find ways to reach out in love to the outsider. Take a look at what you are saying and doing around the outsider. Are your actions and words drawing them or pointing them to Jesus? Or are your actions and words pushing them away from Jesus?

Allow God to open your eyes to the many opportunities that come your way each day. Grab every opportunity you can to be His witness. Draw in as many outsiders into His kingdom as you can. That is the goal of Jesus.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for all people; that God will guide you in what to say and do around others; that you will show God’s love and mercy to all people; and that you will be filled with God’s wisdom. 

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John 17:16 Not Of This World

Not Of This World

They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.” John 17:16

Jesus is praying for the disciples and is telling God to protect them from the evil one because He will be leaving the earth. He points out that they are not of this earth, just as He is not of it.

All over the world one of the hot issues being talked about is people who are immigrants. These are people who are coming out of one country in order to live in another country.

Many people do not like the idea of people from another country coming in and living in their country. The new people are strangers. They have different customs, beliefs, and ways of doing things. In America it is often easy to spot a new person from a foreign country. Often they do not speak English and they act very differently. Since this is the case, many people treat them differently or even in a rough manner wanting them to leave.

Believers are very much in the same way like those immigrants. This world is not their home. The belief system is very different from that of the world. The world looks at life as eat, drink and be merry, get as much as one can as fast as he can and control others, all focused on self and today. Believers believe in serving and loving others, building others up, and are focused on eternity and God.

When a person is focused on eternity, the troubles of this world lose their impact. What a person has today or is going through is not as important as to holding onto what the future holds. The believer is focused on getting to his eternal home in heaven some day. There is a hope and life that the world does not and cannot know without knowing Jesus.

Knowing that you are not a citizen of this world, but are just passing through can build you up and strengthen you in the trials of this life. Everything that you are going through is temporary and getting you ready for your new home.

Go through each day looking forward to the day you step into heaven with Jesus for all eternity. Jesus had left this earth to prepare a home for you. Strive to be ready for that home and bring everyone you can with you. You are not of this world.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the hope you have in Jesus; that God will strengthen you to live for Him; and that you will be ready for heaven someday.

 

Deuteronomy 24:14 Don’t Take Advantage Of Others

Do not take advantage of a hired worker who is poor and needy, whether that worker is a fellow Israelite or a foreigner residing in one of your towns. Deuteronomy 24:14

Moses gives a rule about not taking advantage of a hired worker that is poor and needy. It did not matter who the person is or why they are poor, no one was to treat them any differently than the other workers that were hired.

Workplaces have been known to treat foreigners very poorly on the job. They are often given very low pay and extremely difficult work. During the 1930’s and 40’s in America, there were the sweat shops. Poor children and women could work there to make a little pay. Often the work was under dangerous conditions and the pay was extremely low.

Later, workplaces did the same things to black people. Today, it is still seen with immigrants from Mexico. There are businesses today that will pay the lowest wage possible, with no benefits, and even less the full-time work, in order to save money and get the job done. This is done to every person, regardless of their background.

The people are poor and are willing to do anything to make at least some money for a little food. The managers of the workplace give them the very lowest amount possible while giving them the hardest job possible.

As a believer, you should be focused on giving anyone who works for you the best possible. This does not end just in the workplace, but also at your house. When someone comes by to help fix something, provide generously for them.

Every person was a foreigner at one time. You had to start out at the bottom and work your way up in this life. Treat others as you would want to be treated.

God also loves a cheerful giver. Are you giving the wages to the worker that is due to that person cheerfully?

Pour out blessings on others so that God can pour out many blessings on you.

Ask yourself today if you are taking advantage of another person or not. Seek God on how to treat that person better.

I pray today that God will give you His love for others; that you will treat others as Jesus treated you; that you will not take advantage of others; and that you will bless others as God has blessed you.