“Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.”
Colossians 4:5-6 NLT
Blue Ocean Faith requires us to go out of our way to engage those who are beyond our bounded set. There are centered-set people who are looking for the center, Jesus, to add meaning to their lives. As ambassadors to Jesus we need to make sure that we seize every opportunity that God gives us to engage people who might be looking for Jesus.
How do we do that?
- Live wisely amongst non-believers. You don’t want to give people any more ammunition not to believe. Christians have been given a bad rap because of all the misrepresentation of Christians who support the hateful and divisive rhetoric of the 45th president. It is a false representation of Jesus. We have to make sure that we live our lives in such a way that people are the love of Christ through us.
- Make the most of every opportunity. Whenever we have the opportunity to help someone or say something kind we should seize that moment for Christ. Moments like that are God moments for us to help people come to know Jesus.
- Let your conversations be gracious and attractive. We must overcome this racist and hateful rhetoric with conversations that are filled with grace and inclusion. People will know we are Christians by our love not our hate.
- Make sure you have the right response for everyone. Making a Blue Ocean Shift is more about listening than speaking. It’s more important to understand than it is to be understood. When we really listen we can give the right response out of love and empathy.
Help me to be aware of Blue Ocean Opportunities today and not get caught up in negative exchanges with people caught up in a bounded set. Help me to be sensitive to center-set people in search of Jesus. Let my conversations be filled with grace so that they might believe in Jesus just as I have had the privilege to know my redeemer.
In Jesus’ Name,