“Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time.”
Walk in wisdom
When it comes to sharing our faith, God expects us to exercise wisdom. How we share our faith could cause them to further prejudice their ideas toward Christianity. The witnessing style may give them an occasion to reject Christ.
The Christian has an obligation to live responsibly (“wisdom”) before non-Christians. God expects us to be sensitive to their bias. Matthew 10:16: “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.” What possible hope does sheep have against wolves? Wolves are non-Christians here. Without wisdom the Christian is not going to win them to Christ. God says he will give us wisdom that we need,
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” (Prov. 6:9)
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” (James 1:5)
God wants us to use wisdom in our dealings with those who do not know Christ.
If we are going to win non-Christians to Christ we must approach people on their positive side. A wise walk before the non-Christian will speak volumes to their view of Christianity.