5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
Colossians 4:5-6 (NIV)
The first part of this verse is pretty self explanatory. Basically act like you’ve got some sense toward non-believers. We should always be representing Christ in the way we carry ourselves, our speech, and yes, even our dress. You can’t dress like a hooker and still expect non-believers, (or believers for that matter), to take you seriously as a Christian. But that’s a whole other subject that I may get to later.
The part of this verse that has always puzzled me is the “seasoned with salt”. Let your conversation be always full of grace and seasoned with salt… Ok…we use salt to preserve food. There’s even salt in our sweat. According to South African folklore, native tribesman produced the first “jerky”, called biltong, by placing strips of venison meat under their horse saddle during travels across Africa. The chaffing tenderized the meat while the sweat would spice it. Kind of gross when you think about it…ew.
The Greeks thought of salt as an emblem of wit. So…the meaning here is that our speach should be sprinkled with piety and grace, pretty much the way you would season your food by sprinkling salt on it. It makes it taste better. Easier to go down. This makes our speech what it should be…useful, agreeable, and beneficial to others. Now this doesn’t mean we should always speak strictly religion all the time, any more than we should eat just salt.
Sprinkle your conversations with the spirit of piety and grace so you “may know how to answer everyone”…believers and non-believers. So if someone comes to you and asks about your religion, or another subject, you will be able to answer them with understanding and not be rash or foolish. Even if…let’s say a guy comes up to you and loses his temper and says things that are overbearing and not very nice. You should be able to hold your temper in check and answer him with gentleness, kindness and tolerance. Remember… A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. Prov. 15:1
So let’s have graceful speech, sprinkled with salt, and we’ll be reppin’ our Lord in all we say!