be salty!

It’s been a while since my last post cuz school has been kicking my butt!  But I’ve decided to kick school’s butt for the rest of the semester so I’m gonna try to get back into a regular pattern of posting.  But I was reading Colossians 4:2-6 today and was impacted by the words in verses 5-6.  Paul writes, “Conduct yourselves wisely toward outsiders, making the best use of the time.  Let you speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.”  These verses stood out in particular because of this week’s care group discussion.  We talked about our own successes and failures in personal evangelism.  We just started reading the book The Gospel and Personal Evangelism by Mark Dever and so far it’s been very convicting.  My recent evangelism history is pathetic and is embarassing to discuss because it is so poor and infrequent.  During our care group discussion we mentioned how non-believers will see that we are different from the rest of the world by the way that we act and the things that we do and don’t do.  We are set apart from the rest of the world, we are salty.  Jesus says in Matthew 5:13, “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet“.  God’s people are described by many analogies and metaphors throughout the Bible such as a beacon, the light, a city upon a hill, and the salt of the world.  The salt metaphor is the strongest to me.  Since salt is a seasoning and a preservative, we must be the same way with our thoughts, actions, and words.  We season the world with the truth of God by representing the Gospel of Jesus and we preserve righteousness in the world by standing for truth and promoting the worldview of the Bible.

But if salt looses its saltiness it is “thrown out and trampled underfoot” as our Savior says.  If we are not representing the truth of God in our every action, thought, and word then we might as well be thrown out and disregarded.  God is all about His own glory and wants us to always put Him on a pedastal.  If we are not doing that, we are not glorifying Him and are instead valuing ourselves.  God has no use for people who think they don’t need Him.  But for all who are in Christ Jesus, we are about our Master’s work.  The Spirit of God that resides within us gives us a newborn passion for His glory and a passion to be salty.  If we are in Christ we will be salty!  So i pray for myself and everyone reading this that we would not hesitate to represent the truth of the Gospel which is the power of God to save our souls!  Go out and be salty!  Grace and peace.