“Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds: That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak. Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.”Colossians 4:2-6
I think of the great responsibility we have as Christians which is to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ. The truth we have come to known is not to be hidden, but it is to be shared with a world in desperate need of it. We are seeing things in the news that are heart breaking and troublesome, and we look to find someone or something to blame. We seek to find a scapegoat and we demand answers. We fail to see that sin is always a heart issue, and is due to the sin nature found in mankind. We are unable to do what is right if we don’t possess the One who can make us right. The world is in need of the good news of Jesus Christ and we have a duty to share it with them.
I think of the many debates I have gotten into with people over Christianity, and I tried to beat them over the head with the truth. I would ridicule and even look down on those who did not believe that God created the universe. I would not be gentle in my approach, and at times the conversation would get heated. I debated my point strongly and sought at all costs to win the debate. I never persuaded anyone with my debating tactics and did more harm than I did good. I arrogantly debated in my own power, and I did little to the furtherance of the gospel.
Speaking to lost people about the gospel requires us being led by the Holy Spirit and not by our self-will and determination. We are to pray for each other and our Pastors as they give the precious gospel story. In dealing with those who are lost we must always present the truth, but we are to do it with grace seasoned with salt. God will give us opportunities if we will be open to His leading. We are around lost people daily and we must be ready to respond to those who will ask us of the hope that lies within us. Salt is used for preservation and our speech must be seasoned with the salt of grace, so our speech is not of a corrupting nature.
Are you trying to witness to others in your own strength? Are you trying to bring others to Christ or are you pushing them away with your speech? Are you being led of the Spirit or are you acting out in your flesh? Are your words seasoned with the salt of grace? May we speak the truth in love, and may we answer every man according to the will of God. Matthew 10:16 states, “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.”