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::Devotional:: ‘A Craving For Conversation’

March 4, 2010

Several years ago one of the major potato chip companies came out with an entire marketing campaign built around a simple phrase.  “I bet you can’t eat just one.”  Another company had a similar campaign built around the phrase, “once you pop, you just can’t stop.”  Marketers understand their audience, that’s for sure.  I don’t know that I’ve ever had just one potato chip, have you?  Once I taste one, I crave the next one almost instantaneously.  The Bible says our conversations about the Lord should be such that people crave them.  We should speak in such a way that it gives that person a craving for conversation about the Lord.

Paul wrote to the Christians at the church of Colossae with these instructions about their conversation.

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.  Colossians 4:5-6

People are not always going to want to hear the word of the Lord.  That is especially true when it comes to an area of their life where the Bible holds them accountable for their actions.  However, our conversations with other people about the word and about the Lord are to be full of grace.  That means we are not to beat people over the head with the Bible in an effort to get them in line.  It means that our conversation should be in the best interest of that person according to the word of the Lord, and delivered with love, patience, and forgiveness.

Our conversations about the Lord should also be addictive, like salty potato chips.  Once you start, you just can’t stop.  I bet you can’t have just one conversation about the Lord.  There is actually a chemical reaction that happens in our bodies when salt hits our mouths that creates a hunger for more salt.  That’s why we can hardly ever eat just one potato chip.  Just like the salt on a chip, our conversations about the Lord will have a spiritual reaction that creates a hunger for more if it is delivered correctly.  We are to converse in a manner worthy of the Lord and in such a way that people are drawn to His presence.  This is especially true when speaking about the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Be mindful of you conversations today, especially the ones about the Lord.  Be purposeful in speaking about the Lord with grace and saltiness.  Be amazed at God’s power to turn the hearts of men toward Him.

-Stay Rooted Col. 2:7-

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