Sweet, Salty, or Stale?
“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
Wow. Two little verses with so much power. In a lot of ways, our Christian witness is described in these two verses.
“Be wise in the way you act,” but it doesn’t stop there. It goes a step further by encouraging us to be wise in the way we act towards outsiders. Paul is encouraging Christians to think about how they treat people who do not fall under the title of Christianity. Think about that urging. Is that what we’re doing? Do our actions and activities reflect wisdom as seen by those on the outside looking in?
Paul isn’t talking about our friendship group. He isn’t referring to our denomination or those who are in agreement with us. Paul is trying to teach us that the choices we make, the things we say, and the way we act is a testimony to non-believers.
“Make the most of every opportunity.” Do I? Do we as the collective Body of Christ use our time wisely by reflecting a testimony of love, forgiveness, repentance, and grace? Or, do we criticize, argue and condemn? Ouch.
“Let your conversation always be full of grace.” Oops. That’s the sweet part. For me, personally, I see an imbalance in sweetness. As Christians, we either tolerate too much or we are totally intolerant. I think that’s why Paul put these instructions together.
We must sweetly carry the name of Jesus; however, our salt (Christian flavor) must be sprinkled EVENLY. When we have too much of one over the other, we oscillate between being wishy washy and just plain mean. Oops, again.
When we understand grace and we understand our call/commission to represent CHRIST, we know how to answer the questions of anyone seeking life’s answer. Regardless of the topic, CHRIST receives our loyalty. No one and nothing else can force us out of balance when we read and remember these two power-packed verses.