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“Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison— that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak. Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.”
It is an extremely important mineral.
It is so crucial, that it is essential to our lives. Without it and the sodium, magnesium, potassium, and calcium found in sea salt our bodies would experience irregular heartbeat, fatigue, nausea, and even seizures. Sodium is essential for nerve and muscle function, and the regulation of fluids. It even plays a role in the body’s control of blood pressure and volume.
But we don’t typically even realize all this is going on. We care about the flavor. Salt brings out other flavors and boosts that savory taste we love so much. It balances sweetness and helps suppress bitterness.
Are YOUR Words Seasoned with Salt? What are the Words YOU Speak Reflecting? // Today’s Wisdom Wednesday.
The Salt of the Earth
In Mathew 5:13, at the most epic recorded public sermon of all of time, Jesus called believers to be the salt of the earth.
Sounds like an odd metaphor… until you break it down.
Salt is essential. It is vital for survival.
Salt also gives balance to the nourishment we take in. It gives things flavor and depth. It makes things palatable.
When we are called to be the salt of the earth we are being asked to know how essential we are in seasoning this world with His essential, good flavor. What we say and how we say it must always be seasoned with the flavor and salt of grace and peace.
This Metaphor applies to our words, our actions, and how we live as believers.
Walk in Wisdom Toward Outsiders
In today’s Wisdom Wednesday verse we are looking at Colossians 4:2-6 where Paul is addressing the Colossian people while he humbly sat in his prison cell.
He encourages them to pray. He tells them to pray for opportunity and doors to be opened to be able to have the beautiful chance to share Christ with those who do not know Him. We often are afraid of these types of conversations, but Paul encourages to do just the opposite. Think of how the Lord has changed your life. Should we keep this a secret?
No, but there is a way to do it. There is a way to speak to people who do not yet believe. That is what this passage is all about…
What are the Words YOU Speak Reflecting?
Words have weight, just as salt is essential.
He says this, “Walk in wisdom toward outsiders.” In the NLT translation, it says, “Live wisely among those who are not believers.”
Last week we talked about how wisdom comes from above. We show that wisdom through meekness, through peace, through His beautiful, peaceable, gentle will. Anything else, anything that is spurred from jealousy, envy, and selfish ambition is not in His wisdom from above. This was in James 3:13-18.
This week, we are told to let that wisdom from above come through when speaking, walking, and living with those who don’t yet know Him. And we are to season our speech with salt- that vital mineral that sustains life gives flavor, and balances the sweet and the bitterness.
“Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.”Colossians 4:5-6
What we say as followers of Christ and how we say it should add value to a conversation. Just as salt does for food and the vitality of the body, our words can change the medium they are applied to. We are to be gracious and remember where wisdom comes from and how we are to show that wisdom.
“May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.”Psalm 19:14
We are to bring wisdom to this world. We are called to be the salt of the Earth.
That is His wisdom from above.
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