“Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” Colossians 3:6
In an earlier post, I focused on the negative use of words. But our words can be a helpful tool if we use them correctly. This verse (the inspiration for the title of this blog) tells us that our conversation should be “seasoned with salt.” It’s a puzzling metaphor isn’t? It’s interesting that Jesus described his followers as “the salt of the earth.”
So what’s the whole salt thing about?
Salt is used to preserve food and to add flavor. That’s what Jesus wanted his followers to do. To preserve his teaching and to add the flavor of God to a dull world through their speech.
Jesus warned that if we don’t fulfill these duties, we lose our usefulness. “But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled by men.”
If all we talk about is which teams will make it to the final four, or what Snooki did this week, we’re just wasting words. Say things that will make people think. Say things that will build others up. Say things that incorporate God into the conversation. Be loving and truthful. Season every word with salt.