A Dash of Salt


Scripture gives some wonderful advice for witnessing more effectively: season your speech with salt. Bryant Wright continues in this passage with telling us what that means.

Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person. - Colossians 4:6

Scripture gives some wonderful advice for witnessing more effectively: season your speech with salt. Why is that? If somebody sprinkles salt on food and makes it taste good, you appreciate it. But if somebody hands you a spoon of salt and says, “Take this all at once,” it’s a little hard to swallow. In fact, you can’t even digest it!

Think how the non-Christian feels when all you do is talk about God and church and Jesus. He simply thinks you don’t care about him. You never talk about baseball. You never ask how work is going. You never talk about politics. You never ask about his family. You never talk about the everyday concerns of life. On the other hand, if you talk about all of these things and occasionally sprinkle in a little word about the Lord when there’s the right opportunity, or an insight you learned from a sermon, or a Bible verse he might not know, then he may think, Well, where did that wisdom come from? His curiosity may be aroused, and longer, deeper conversations may follow. When you have the opportunity, just sprinkle the conversation with a little spiritual salt. Then God may create the perfect opportunity to share what Jesus means to you. Good witnesses season their speech with salt.

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