Day 11

Seasoned With Salt

from the Colossians reading plan


Colossians 4:2-6, Psalm 145:18-19, Philippians 4:6-7, Matthew 5:16

A good conversation makes life more enjoyable. There is nothing more satisfying for me than engaging with someone about their life or important issues facing our world. When it comes to talking about the gospel, I get even more energized because I know these occasions can have eternal significance.

This passage from Colossians is largely about how we interact with those who do not know Christ. Paul takes for granted that Christian people will interact with those around them, particularly people with little understanding of the gospel. Like a good pastor, Paul encourages these believers to make the most of these opportunities. As believers, we are to thoughtfully represent Christ to those who don’t know Him.

Do you think about your conversations with non-Christians very much? Do you reflect on the content or the quality of those interactions? You may be one of the only authentic followers of Jesus your non-believing friends or co-workers come into contact with on any given day.

Paul challenges us to be more intentional with how we represent Christ to the world. He says we should “act wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time,” and our words should be “gracious, seasoned with salt” (Colossians 4:5-6).

Graciousness in speech refers to a generosity of spirit. Have you ever met someone who is not set on needing the last word or winning an argument? I’m guilty of seeking both. Gracious speech invites further conversation, with a genuine interest in the one to whom we speak. Our speech is also to be “salty.” If speech can be “colorful,” then I guess it can also be flavorful. Salty speech is relevant, engaging, and thoughtful. It takes skill, but we must learn to speak so that our words convey the truth of Christ in an intelligible way. This takes practice and discernment to learn “how to answer each person” (v. 6).

The gospel is the best news ever given to our weary world. As we encounter those who do not know Christ, let us share the greatest news the world has ever heard with generosity and creativity, always seeking to make the most of every opportunity.

written by Chris Comstock

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6 thoughts on "Seasoned With Salt"

  1. Brandon says:

    God made us to be used and to carry out His name further in the light of Him. He wants us to be used and He wants to come with us wherever we go and be with us in every situation.

  2. Brandon says:

    The Gospel, The coming of Jesus, is the key point of our belief that God is to save us all. We are to share it, to help further the kingdom of God saving everyone around us and showing them the light we have receive through Christ in God.

  3. Brandon says:

    Pay attention and make use of my time in speaking of the Lord. Don’t be fragile and weary but have confidence in the Lord to tell others what I believe in Him and why I am saved and how it all fits together. Take Christ with me and do not be afraid.

  4. Brandon says:

    We think about ourselves a lot and forget about others and forget about Christ and we forget to be a light of the one who shines in us. We may only be great through God who is the one who gives us all understanding and gives us everything we are and have.

  5. Brandon says:

    Always. Seek guidance and counsel, for God had the right words and not I.

  6. Kevin says:

    Day 11: speech and time are hit pretty hard in this passage. We shouldn’t be wasting time when it comes to sharing the lord. We shouldn’t be speaking in a way that does not honor the lord. I am guilty of both of these and am working to be better in it. My mouth is the lifespring of what I believe and I should use it to share God, not cuss at a stupid video game.

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