The title of this post came from Colossians 4:5-6:
5 Act wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time. 6 Your speech should always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you should answer each person.
The Lord may place people in our paths for the purpose of guiding them into the Kingdom of Heaven. We may see and hear horrific problems other people are going through. It’s important that we never judge anyone and that we listen to what they have to say. They may simply need some “shoulder to cry on” and this can lead us into prayer for them. Remember that the Lord doesn’t want anyone to head into Hell for eternity. He also doesn’t want us to judge others for sins they have committed. Everyone must come to repentance.
1 Timothy 2:4
2 First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, 2 for kings and all those who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. 3 This is good, and it pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
We are all sinners. This world has become a disgusting mess and we need to get over any preconceived notion that some people are not worth our time! If we stay inside of our comfort level, we could be dis-obeying the Holy Spirit by not helping other people.
This is not a time to withdraw from society and stay locked up in our houses. It’s time to help others while we still can! Time is running out and so many people are already heading into Hell for all eternity every second. The statistics show that almost 2 people die around the globe every second!
We do need to continue prayer for everyone and not give up.
Proverbs 18:1 One who isolates himself pursues selfish desires; he rebels against all sound judgment.
Philippians 2:3 Do nothing out of rivalry or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves.
James 3:16 For where envy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every kind of evil.
We also need to remove the “It’s mine and you can’t have it” attitude from all areas of our lives! If someone is invading your “space bubble”, then it’s probably time you blow up that bubble! Are we “barking” at people because they have done something like walking on our property without intent of doing harm? Really? Is it worth losing your soul because you want your own little space to be protected from everyone and everything? What are you going to do if a child is out playing and they accidentally toss a ball into your yard? Do you want to be found “barking” at someone when the Lord returns?