I love salty foods. Peanuts, chips – you name it. If it’s salty, then I’m all about it. Chips are a weakness for me and I can knock out a bag of Doritos in no time flat, leaving only the bag – much like a school of piranhas having a feeding frenzy, leaving only the carcass… but I digress. You see, salt makes us thirsty, craving more and it’s also used as a preservative, but one of the neatest aspects to me is that salt is used as a binding agent. Various processed meats and sausages are held together simply because of the salt. Without it, the meat would fall apart. Colossians 4:2-6 says “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. 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.”
Our conversations with outsiders (aka nonbelievers) are to be full of grace, and seasoned with salt. Not only within our conversations can we create a thirst in them, but our conversations can be a much needed binding agent, helping to keep from falling apart during their trying times. Lord knows they can use it. Beyond the outsiders, our conversations with people in general are to build up and encourage. Not that we can’t goof around and have fun, but like the scripture just said, we’re to be watchful and wise. The point is: turn on your radar and use your salt the right way. Sometimes we pour the salt into someone’s wounds, doing more damage than good. Instead, let your words mean something to heal, hold together and preserve. Proverbs 12:18 says “the words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” Don’t be reckless with your words, be wise with them. Don’t be a cutter, be a healer.
It’s time to be worth our salt, so get at it.