“Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”
“Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?”
Our distinctiveness for God is first evident in our communication. The way we talk is the primary way we share; and it’s in the tone we use, the inflection of our voices, the vocabulary we utilize, and the way we articulate. And all of this is communicated in just a few seconds of time.
We should be aware that when we say something it is instinctively and instantly examined. People, deep within want to know its veracity and authenticity. But the above list is lacking one vital thing– grace, pieces of it, that break off and sprinkles all over our words and thoughts. We added it all to our conversations, like salt on ‘french fries’. This takes a ministry of grace, and we ourselves are made into a direct witness.
But not everyone of us is articulate, or gifted to speak. But we are all salty! Each of us has a savory presence of grace. Every believer has it. I’ve gotten to know two deaf brothers at my church. They are sometimes neglected and avoided. (But I think that is just fear.) They use a ‘sign language‘ with gestures and hand motions. They are actually quite articulate. One of the young men has an opening door to Russia to do evangelism.
I guess I’m a bit taken aback by this. A man who cannot hear or speak being used by the Holy Spirit in this way. He jokes about being the ‘first evangelist to the deaf community in Russia’. He is an inspiration to me. My issue is with mental illness. But handicapped people do quite well, they are particularly ‘salty’ and you’ll notice the difference.
Learning to communicate with grace is a lot like learning any foreign language. My wife and I went to learn Spanish at an institute. We learned so much I felt I was leaking out my ears. Learning to speak “Grace” will be a challenge as well. But we have the promised Holy Spirit. He is the Helper. He will show how to speak with grace to every person and situation.
- Shaking the habit (reporternews.com)
- The truth about sodium (charlotte.news14.com)
- Salty Food Raises Desire For Sugary Drinks Among Kids (medicalnewstoday.com)
- You Are The Salt Of The Earth, Evans Olang (magnifyhisword.wordpress.com)