I try to read one chapter of the New Testament each morning as part of my Bible study. Sometimes I read more than one chapter. Regardless, the following verse from Colossians stood out to me recently and I do not think it was a coincidence.
Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
Colossians 4:6 KJV
I have given this verse a lot of thought, and this is how I see things. One, we have to be speaking to others about Jesus. When we do speak to others, we should be controlled or polite. Yelling at an unbeliever about Jesus, repentance and salvation is not going to win them over to our side. While that is certainly a person’s right, I do not believe it is right and that is one reason I chose to write this blog.
Do not misunderstand me. I am not saying we should just tell people to ‘Come on in, Jesus He died for you so you just keep doing whatever it is you’re doing!’ On that note, I tell everyone that even Jesus told people to repent (Matthew 4:17). This is where the ‘let your speech be seasoned with salt’ comes into play. Jesus tells us to be the salt and light of the world (Matthew 5:13-16). Salt is a preservative. Salt also adds flavor to things, a flavor that some people even crave. Meanwhile, have you ever heard someone say a person or group is the ‘salt of the earth’? That means a dependable steadfast person or group.
The thing that really stands out to me in Colossians 4:6 is where it says we “ought to answer every man.” We need to be telling other people about Jesus, especially when they come to us with questions or negative statements about Jesus. It is crucial that we tell every man about Jesus, His ministry and how His death, burial and resurrection provides believers a way to eternal salvation (John 3:16, Romans 3:23, 6:23, 5:8 and 10:13). When we approach ‘every man,’ we ought to be polite, while at the same time offering people that preservative that can open their eyes to new things and hopefully helps them crave more of what we profess.
Go tell someone about Jesus today.