Colossians: Day 11

Seasoned With Salt

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Today's Text: Colossians 4:2-6, Psalm 145:18-19, Philippians 4:6-7, Matthew 5:16

Act wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time.

- Colossians 4:5 -

Text: Colossians 4:2-6, Psalm 145:18-19, Philippians 4:6-7, Matthew 5:16

If you want to experience heartache and hope in the same breath, read the “Missed Connections” section of Craigslist.

This regret-ridden virtual message board, similar to a milk carton ad for “missing persons,” contains the pleas of locals who cannot shake the weight of a missed opportunity. They lay awake at night, deciding that if different words (or words at all, for that matter) had been spoken to the girl across the room or the boy at the bus stop, they would be together frolicking in daffodils, tasting wedding cakes, or binge-watching Netflix. (A girl can dream, right?)

A few years ago, I might have been tempted to post my own message to that guy across the crowded room:

To the boy in my favorite coffee shop who asked if I was a football fan,
I said no because I was trying to play it cool. I’ve never missed a game.
Also, I just found out you happen to be our new quarterback. Let’s get married.

It’s just so embarrassing to feel misunderstood, isn’t it? But even worse, we can’t leave it alone. Our unquenchable need to be seen and heard curls its fists, marching backward and demanding another chance to be acknowledged. Vowing to only curate attractive qualities and pleasing viewpoints from then on, we rest assured people will treasure our perspectives forever. They don’t.

And yet it is our clumsy, shaky voices that are chosen to communicate something so precious: the gospel. This call is so high and so important that I immediately fear it. If my words are jumbled and my speech begins to stutter, can I cause someone to bypass an encounter with Christ?

As Paul wraps up his letter to the Colossians, he addresses these concerns, advising them to “act wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time” (Colossians 4:5). He continues, “Your speech should always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you should answer each person” (Colossians 4:6).

Before our insecurities rise again, let’s focus in on the interesting way Paul uses the word “salt” here, because it changes everything. Friends, he’s talking about grace! Our job is simply to allow others to taste the salt of grace. We are side-by-side consumers of God’s provision, sharing plates with those around us.

Salt causes thirst. God’s Word doesn’t need our PR efforts. Its mere mention causes sin to salivate for grace. Our job is not to concoct our own savory presentation of the gospel; every ingredient was chosen to feed our own innate hunger. Instead, our task is to speak words from our personal thirst, pointing to the source of Living Water (John 7:37-39).

Salt is a preservative. Grace goes before and behind us, allowing even our faultiest efforts to proclaim His glory. Because of this, we don’t need to focus on results and reactions, but on the surety of God’s control. We can share generously and graciously from a sound-minded spirit.

God does not need us to share the good news, but He chooses us as His vessels of grace. As sharers of the gospel, our job description is less about defending our stance and more about gluing our eyes to His posture.

May the salt of grace season all of our encounters today, and may we be thankful for our God who never misses a connection. Amen.

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  • Jennifer Kaczmarek

    It’s amazing to me that no matter where I am in life, what devotions I choose for my bible study that seem, to me, totally random, God speaks to me. And the verses here were exactly what I needed. I am in a graduate program meant to weed out anyone who “doesn’t belong” based on exam results and I have spent many a day crying, focused more on grades than on God. And yet still, even now when I have been so focused on myself, He speaks. The verses in this devotion told me to pray and be thankful in everything. That God sees my tears. I need to be close to God, to give him all of my fears so I can go back to shining for him to my fellow grad students. God put me here for a reason and I just need to listen to Him so I can find it. Thank you for these inspiring words and scriptures!

  • This has been a major anxiety in my life, ever since I can remember!!! Am I doing a good enough job sharing Christ? Are my words sounding dumb and insincere? Did I blow it in some way and was it the only chance I’ll get? Thank you Lord for this reminder, and for the analogy of salt that won’t soon leave my mind (I’m a major salt lover!). “At the very mention, sin salivates for grace” — amen! Let it be true of us God, may our words be so seasoned they cause sin to salivate for your grace which we all so desperately need. Let it be.

    • Sharyl Cobb

      Hello Concern for being clear in our presentation of the gospel was something even Paul experienced. In Colossians 4:3, 4, Paul asks the Christians to pray for him as he shared the gospel in prison, “that I may make it clear in the way I ought to speak.” The first Christians, when they encountered serious opposition and threats from the Jewish national government, asked that they could “speak the word with all confidence….” It is certainly not unworthy to beseech God that we also might confidently share with others “in the way I ought to speak,” being clear with the truth of God’s Word. What we are really praying for is that we will be completely open and unobstructed to the Holy Spirit’s guidance and assistance as we share with those whose minds are blinded, who are sin addicts, and who are often in denial, even, about their wretched condition before God. Most people we have surveyed feel that they are “right with God” and “going to Heaven.” When we asked them the “two questions,” ie., “If you died tonight, do you know that you will be in Heaven?” The overwhelming answer was, “Oh, yes,” or sometimes, “I’m pretty sure I will.” The second question, “When the angel standing at the gate of Heaven (common perception!) were to ask you, ‘Why should I let you into Heaven,’ what would you say to him?” usually would get this answer, “Because I’m a good person. I keep the Ten Commandments,” or other responses very close to that. Yes, we are up against the deception of the Enemy, the great wall of many different false teachings out there concerning how to qualify for eternal life. Peter’s bold answer, on the Day of Pentecost, after people had expressed sorrow over their sin of crucifying God’s Messiah and crying out, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” Was simple enough: “Repent (turn completely to Christ and away from all sin) and be baptized (they understood that, because of John’s baptism, to be water immersion) in the name of Jesus Christ for (into, unto, with a view to, for the purpose of) the forgiveness of your sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” He went on, boldly challenging them to “Save yourselves from this wicked generation!” (Acts 2:36-40) 3,000 people responded that day and were baptized as a response to his message.
      How could Peter be so bold, how could the new Christians in Acts 4:24-31 be so bold, and how could Paul, in chains, in Rome, be so bold for Christ, as he eventually was? How could he speak calmly, boldly, clearly, and with full assurance before Nero and the Roman guards, and unbelieving Jews who came to him, and perhaps others? It was because of a little-thought-of passage in Luke 11:9-13. Boldness and clarity comes from the Holy Spirit because we pray to God with all our heart and with all our faith behind it. It also comes from a great familiarity with the Word of God and our complete surrender to its truth, a real submission to its demands on our own life. We must PREPARE to share the Gospel of Christ — Ephesians 6:15. We don’t have living apostles to “coach” us about what to say or share, or what the gospel even is, but we have their writings. And, there is nothing wrong, even, with taking a class or two or a dozen on how to effectively share the Gospel in this challenging age. That’s the job of evangelists, pastors, and teachers, to equip us for “the work of service!” (Ephesians 4:11,12) Part of that “service” is sharing the gospel with others, as the early Christians did (Acts 8:4,5).
      As “salt,” we must first genuinely love those we wish to share with, and they must see our love and know it is real. People don’t “care how much you know until they know how much you care.” Sharing that comes from that mutually-understood love, salted with much real, concerned prayer, depending on God’s grace, His answer to our prayer, will fill us with His Holy Spirit, and we will be able to respond to people from His “overflow.” The Holy Spirit is the “salt” that people need to see in our lives.

  • Sarabeth

    A thought occurred while contemplating how I can season my conversation with grace: that applies when I am speaking of myself as well. A lot of the time I am negative towards myself, but the grace I am to show others (by their actions or speaking of the grace God has shown me), I need to show towards myself in the same conversations.

    • Kathy

      Thanks for that reminder, Sarabeth.

    • Jenny R

      Last year while leading a youth AWANA small group, I was called to give my testimony. Until that day I muddled through different events and struggled to see with clarity how pieces fit together – and in that moment the Holy Spirit told my story through my voice and it left me floored. I wish I had it on audio, I want to hear it like that again! It was such a concrete example of the words being given in the moment, I can’t replicate it. I don’t know which of the girls needed to hear it, but I know it didn’t fall on deaf ears. I’m so blessed to be a part of His story and plan.

  • Never thought of grace being the salt, but oh so true! And I love how this ended with a reminder to basically not speak about us but all about Him.

  • indeed I am so thankful for our God who never missed a connection! Thank you SRT for this reminder.

    His connections may not always seem like the most sensible, or when we need them, but they are exactly what He had planned. Thank you Lord for your encouragement at just the right moments! May my sisters take part in giving and receiving those moments today.

  • Carrie Orthner

    I know that when I am focused on His posture toward me which is grace, kindness and love, I am able to have that same posture toward others. My hope is that His love and grace being poured into me will spill over and touch the lives of those I come in contact with. It is His kindness that leads to repentance (Romans 2:4) not the eloquent defense of my stance as it relates to my faith.

  • How wonderfully refreshing that we don’t have to pretend or come up with the right words. Simply being our “changing” selves authentically in community is enough. His grace is enough.

  • So eloquently written. Thank you SRT!

    • She Reads Truth

      Thanks for joining us, Carly! Praying for you today!

      xoxo-Kaitlin

  • Wow I loved this so much!! Salt causes thirst…”we speak graciously, from our own personal thirst pointing to the LIVING WATER”! Beautiful perspective and it takes the pressure off of ourselves and points it all to Him. I also loved when she said we worry less about defending our stance when our eyes are glued to His posture. Great truths to ponder today!

    • She Reads Truth

      Thanks for joining us today, Juliet! Grateful for you!

      xoxo-Kaitlin

  • Elisabeth

    Thank you for this beautiful devotional. In my (German) translation, the salt isn’t mentioned, it is translated slightly differently, but it is such a wonderful image with so many different aspects in just one word.

  • This is so beautiful and so what I needed to hear. In less than a week I leave for a mission trip to a very sensitive part of the world. I have lately found myself worried that I will get there and not “make the connections” I am supposed to. This trip is so very important and I have been so worried that I will mess up, not say the right thing, miss a chance at showing God’s love to someone. But knowing that God is the one, the only one, who orchestrates all of this is so comforting. I pray that my speech while I am there will constantly be gracious and seasoned with salt/

    • She Reads Truth

      Sara, I am SO WITH YOU in your fears! Grateful that His grace goes before and behind you. Praying for your travels and for clarity in communicating truth!

      xoxo-Kaitlin

  • Thanks for this beautifully written post. It can be so hard to tell people about Christ without me inserting things to make it sound amazing. Christ made his word so wonderful already that it innately fills our souls with longing. That makes it so much more lovely than we could make it. God bless you all.

    • She Reads Truth

      Julie, YES! I am so guilty of trying to make faith “more” appealing. Grateful to shake that weight off my shoulders today!

      xoxo-Kaitlin

  • I never thought of the salt causing thirst. I only saw it as a taste-maker. Let them try the taste of the life with Jesus.. But if you think of it as if you want them to get thirsty for more, it’s quitte a different way of looking at it. Like it!

  • Jennifer @ Peacefully Fit Fellowship

    This reading is just what I needed today. I’m always afraid to speak my mind and share with others God’s love for us. I’m getting more comfortable with it, but this reminder has given me more confidence to go forward with the plan that I believe God has given me recently. May my words be graceful! Thank you!

  • Thank you, thank you, thank you for speaking on this today. My heart has been hurting so much lately because I don’t feel as if I am enough to proclaim the goodness that I have experienced first hand. In my insecurity I often forget grace. Thank you for reminding me that Jesus can still use shaky voices to share His story.
    God bless & keep You.
    Lauren

    • Kylee

      He will use YOUR story Lauren, no matter how shaky it comes out!

      Thank you Lord for my sister Lauren, please give her words to speak life into others so that they may come to their own knowledge of your truth!!!

  • Caroline @ In Due Time

    God does not need us to share the good news, but He chooses us as His vessels of grace! SO MUCH YES! We need Him and he chooses to use us! What an honor! Lord, forgive me where I have fallen short of the assignments you have for me! http://www.in-due-time.com

  • Thank you Lord for your words today. I will rely on you, Lord, to make sure that the words I say get your message across. It’s all about you. And I will also hold fast to Philippians 4:6-7. Praise your name Lord!
    And for those struggling today with insecurity about their relationship with Christ, I am praying for you. I’ve been there. But it’s in those times when He’s more near to us. Reach out to Jesus. He’s there for you.
    And Tina, thank you for your words and your recipe.
    God bless you all this day.
    Tricia

  • Bonnie Webb

    Hannah,
    Ephesians 2:8 says It is by grace you have been saved, through faith- and this is not from ourselves, it is the gift of God. You can be sure today, no more doubting, by putting your faith in Jesus. Trusting Him as Lord of your life, asking Him to cleanse you from any sin and inviting Him to be in charge of your life.
    Romans 10:13 says Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
    It’s Grace, Gods grace that saves us. None of us are worthy of it, that’s what makes it a free gift.
    Other verses to read Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23

  • I am not convinced I am a child of God. Off of what I know i try to move forward in other people’s assurance, not my own. It’s gotten to the point that seeing others crying in Church makes me jealous. I’m starting to buy into the lie that maybe I’m not chosen.

    • Anonymous

      I struggle with this too. But also know that when we hold onto that fear instead of trusting that we are fully loved and known, we are not trusting God. I pray for us both-I pray that you believe in God’s love and seek Him. You are being so honest about where you are, and that is tremendous.

    • Sandy

      Praying for you Hannah, that the Lord will show you, as you dive into His word, exactly where you stand with Him.

    • Leah

      Oh, Hannah, I’m sorry you’re struggling with this. I don’t know if this is helpful or not, but I don’t believe in the chosen few. I wrestle with the scriptures that seem to argue for this, but there are so many that talk about God’s desire for everyone to come to him I cannot shake it. He looks at the heart. If you desire Him, He’s there for you. This I believe 100%. I am praying for you today. For assurance of His presence in your life.

      • Jessie

        I struggle with comparison as well. I constantly feel like I’m not good enough; why is so-and-so better than me at such-and-such? I do it all the time. But I agree with you Leah – I don’t believe in a chosen few. We are all chosen. And God has chosen us all in unique ways. We all have different needs, different inner battles, and different personalities and lifestyles. God places obstacles in our lives not to break us but to make us stronger. Just like He did with Job. For Hannah and me and people like us, we struggle with comparison, so God gives us situations where we can grow stronger and overcome our nature to feel inadequate. This isn’t to drive us away but to bring us closer to Him. Praying for you, Hannah, that you see God’s challenge for you and trust in Him to bring you through it. And thank you, Leah, for reminding us that we are ALL chosen by God! God bless!

        • Sandy

          Umm, what does “all” refer to in your comment? Are you saying that all people are going to be saved? If so, that is called universalism and it is heresy and not biblical. Please search the scriptures and find out the truth for yourself. Yes, God desires all to come to repentance but not all will.

    • C Lyons

      I cry in church because I am SO overwhelmed by God’s unmerited grace toward me, SO moved by the fact that Jesus died for ME & often feel the least worthy person in the sanctuary.
      I look around and see dry eyes everywhere and I start to ‘buy into the lie that” I may not be truly forgiven’ or fully ‘born again’ or spiritually mature because I am still crying @ songs or sermons about the sacrifice Jesus made for all of us. I start to wonder if I will ever mature into the person God wants me to be & if I can get ever get through a song or sermon without tears. Will I ever be secure in the knowledge that I belong to Christ, eternally.

    • Alex

      Hannah, if it makes you feel any better, I don’t always cry in church by any means. If you’ve followed along with SRT studies for the past few months (or if you wanna take a look at some of them) we’ve learned that NOTHING we do can earn us our place in Heaven. This means that you can bawl your eyes out in church, or you can sit there stone faced but soaking in the message, and you are equally saved. Christ’s grace made certain of that. It isn’t always easy to feel Christ’s presence or to feel like He has chosen us, especially if we start comparing our faith to others’.
      Something I saw yesterday was this: “If we are faithless, HE remains faithful – for He cannot deny Himself” 2 Timothy 2:13. When my trust and my faith weaver, it is so good to know that God’s never does! He always remains faithful to us, that’s just who He is. And His faithfulness is not determined on how WE feel about Him, but rather on the steadfast character of who He is. I know it’s not always easy, but you can be encouraged and press into the God who KNOWS you, SEES you, and LOVES you.
      Something else you may find comforting is this: “Recall that I am present with you, whether you sense My Presence or not… I understand you perfectly and I know exactly what you are experiencing.” – Jesus Calling. God is constantly chasing us. The more you lean into Him, the more you open up your heart for Him to lean into you. I’m praying for you today, Hannah!

  • What a flavorful message! Encouraging me this morning as I continue to pray for the grace to talk to my non-believing friends about the Glory of God.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, man. This resonates. I am anxious about many things. And I have felt the need so clearly to let that go. So I pray to not be anxious about anything. I request your prayers-I volunteer as a Child Advocate and am appearing in court tomorrow. And this brings anxiety. I lift up all stakeholders in this case and pray to relinquish anxiety and speak and advocate for what is needed. Thank you for your love, God. Thank you for your truth. May I trust that.

    • Mamajonk

      Praying for you, trusting that the Spirit of the Lord will fill you with His peace and give you the words needed to advocate on behalf of the child. Praying for the family as well. What a blessing you are to all involved during difficult times.

    • Debbie

      Lifting you up in prayer. May God’s grace and strength be with you in court.

    • She Reads Truth

      Friend, your words about anxiety resonate deeply. Praying for you, asking God’s strength to go before you tomorrow and always. Grateful that He is our great advocate!

      xoxo-Kaitlin

  • Thank you everyone for your comments. I love reading them every morning but today really spoke to my heart.

    • She Reads Truth

      Sue, sending hugs your way, friend! So glad you are here!

      xoxo-Kaitlin

  • Yes, amen!

    Kaitlyn, you’re made a touchdown with this devo.

    Speaking the mystery of Christ to outsiders becomes easier when we see ourselves sharing in on the tasting of the best thing we’ve ever had…God’s grace!

  • Heather (MNmomma)

    Just had another thought I wanted to share with you ladies after thinking about Exodus 4:12….”Now go. I will help you to speak and will teach you what to say.”
    A number of years ago, I had a student who had confided in the school counselor that she had been sexually assaulted and was feeling suicidal. I was brought in to assist with counseling her and help with starting “the process”. I felt completely and utterly inadequate. After I received the phone call, I went running outside, was sobbing to God and praying for words, for Him to use me – I had nothing. I quickly felt peace wash over me and walked into the counselor’s office. Hugged the sweet girl and we began to talk. She later told me that what I said to her that day changed everything. That the words that came out of my mouth helped more than anything else. You know what…..I don’t remember a single thing I said. Those words were never mine. They were from the Spirit, for her…..I was simply His vessel…..

  • My husband needs Jesus and the recent months between separation, hurting children, and hurting hearts, has made me want to say many MANY things. But this is such a great reminder that it’s not my job. It’s His. Many times I this set of lessons God has said just let me do it. So…just let him do it.

    • Trisha C

      Briony, praying to for your husband this morning. Praying for you and your children. Praying to the God who carries you (Isaiah 46:3-4).

  • Heather (MNmomma)

    This devo was spot on for me this morning. I REALLY struggle with not feeling like I am “enough” yet to share the gospel with others. I don’t have a strong bank of memory verses, I don’t have a firm grasp on old testament history (I am just now digging in on covenants, etc), I grew up “in church” but we didn’t dig in to the word. Sure, I knew all of the “key stories”, and truly felt like I had a relationship with Jesus, but man, that “relationship” is NOTHING, NOTHING like the personal, deep relationship I have grown (am growing) to have. I have to say though, I am learning. Trying to learn – incredibly thirsty for knowledge. Last night at Bible study, I asked a question – I was super nervous to ask. These women are soooooo knowledgable in all things related to the Bible. I’m more along the lines of “yes, I know Saul, Jonathon, and David are all intertwined but….” and they can give you every detail of the family lineage and the covenants, etc….EVERYTHING. They welcomed my question, and we ended up having a “real” discussion….not just a superficial: …… yep, that was a great video. I enjoyed it…..I enjoyed “getting real”.

    • Jessie

      I’m in the same position, Heather. I grew up in Catholic church. I went to Sunday school, went through Reconciliation and Confirmation, and attended youth group at the beginning of high school before our deacon moved on. But like you, I really knew NOTHING of God’s Word. I had never opened the Bible except a handful of times growing up because it was sitting on the coffee table. But I had never read it. I never sought Truth on my own. And I never really paid attention to the lessons that were taught in my youth classes and masses. But I’d always wanted to read the Bible and know God for myself. I had a relationship with Him my whole life, but I knew He deserved more of me. But I just never did because of school and social life and sports and everything else. When I read the Bible, I knew I wanted to see it through to completion, so I never got involved in fear that I’d give it up due to other, less important priorities. But in February this year I finally decided to take the leap and purchase my first Bible and begin reading. I chose a chronological plan and am currently in the middle of Numbers. I pray that we both continue to crave God’s Word and seek His Truth. We have both finally taken the plunge. And I pray that God continues to grow our relationships with Him and blesses us with the wisdom to truly understand His message so we can spread the Good News. God bless!

  • Missy CM

    My wise Young Life leader was sitting with me at our kitchen table going over the notes I had for my upcoming talk to a group of middle schoolers. I was 17, and mostly sure of what I was going to say, but let her know that I was pretty nervous. I mean… these talks are a big deal. How often do you have a group of 11, 12, and 13 year olds sitting in silence listening for Truth? What if I bungle it?

    She told me her process for preparing talks includes praying over Isaiah 55:11:

    “so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
    It will not return to me empty,
    but will accomplish what I desire
    and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”

    She made sure I knew my words mattered, but all that REALLY mattered was the Word of God. If anything was spoken about, discussed, made into an analogy, or given time to, it needed to be His Word. That stuck with me hard and I use it in everything from talks with my preschooler and chapel talks to elementary school kids to sharing the gospel with unbelieving friends and leading discussion times.

  • This is a great thought that Salt=Thirst for Him. We know He is near to everyone who calls on Him and we must be thankful that everyone that we come in contact with today is a blessing from God!

  • Angela Silva

    Beautifully written, I’ll carry this with me a long time, thank you

  • This message is very timely for me today. We recently moved, and the house we bought was the middle one of three that were for sale. Since moving in, we’ve gotten new neighbors on both sides. We prayed for who would buy those houses, hoping for people we could connect with and that would be safe for our kiddos. Both families are a little rough, and I’ve struggled with how to relate to them and build relationships while protecting my young boys from any damaging influences. Tonight is trick-or-treat for our neighborhood…one of the rare opportunities when everyone is out and mingling…and I’m praying that my conversations are seasoned with that salt that will draw people to us and our Jesus.

  • I made a lot of poor choices in college that kind of tarnished the reputation that I had before of being a “good Christian girl”. I felt so ashamed that people’s perception of me now included these poor choices rather than seeing Jesus when they looked at me, and I feared I would never again be able to let my light shine without someone pointing a finger, someone bringing up the past, or someone calling me a hypocrite. My faith told me that I was forgiven in my Father’s eyes but I know that the world is not as quick to forget. When my husband and I recently moved to a new town and I started a new job, I saw an opportunity to be the person I wanted to be without fear. They don’t know me, they don’t know my past, all I have is today to show them Jesus in my life. It’s not about putting on a show for them, it’s about “making the most of the time” that I have to sprinkle salt. My personal testimony of redemption can follow at a later date. :)

    • Jenn

      This reminded me of a meme that I see on social media from time to time. I also have a tarnished past. I was what you would call a little wild in high school into my early 20s. The meme says it is funny how those girls who were the most premiscuous (not saying you were.) in high school are now the ones quoting the Bible all of the time. I always want to comment, maybe they found Jesus. Isnt that a good thing? People change. People grow. Good for you for becoming more Christ like

      • Heather (MNmomma)

        Absolutely!! That change is the greatest testimony ever!!!

    • Jessie

      I feel exactly the same way! But like Jenn said, people change. And you, myself, and Jenn are all proof of that. I had my own streak in high school and early college, and I always worry that it will affect my credibility in the future. But the great thing about God is that whenever we wander from Him, He is always waiting to welcome us back home. And for people who question that, I pray that God enlightens them and shows them His greatness. Maybe then they will understand the beauty of God’s forgiveness.

  • I love this! Thank you for articulating this in such a way that brings LIBERTY and FREEDOM to God’s vessel! “Our job is not to concoct our own savory presentation of the gospel…”, and “…our job description is less about defending our stance and more about gluing our eyes to His posture.” AND… “God’s Word doesn’t need our PR efforts”, So Good! GRACE, GRACE, GRACE… God’s grace is for the one sharing the His Truths (in word or action) AND for the one receiving. He is such a good God. Any dread or condemnation we might feel about sharing His gospel is from our own insecurities and/or preconceived notions of “HOW” to do it! God’s yoke is easy and His burden is LIGHT! Because He made us each and every ONE unique and in His image, we are NOT THE SAME! haha… And… It’s not about US… it’s about Him. Did I mention I love this devotion!? Thank you again, for this sweet, freeing, and spot-on articulation! :)

  • Kristine

    I’ve never really understood the salt analogy before. When people say “be salt and light,” well the light makes sense. But salt? But salt as grace makes sense! Sprinkle on some grace, so the people we interact with will get a taste of something they might not have expected. Maybe it wakes them up a bit, jars their taste buds. Hopefully it was a good taste and leaves them wanting more, thirsting for more. We don’t have to dump the entire salt shaker on them, forcing it down their throats. Just a sprinkle may be enough to help them see our interaction in a new light and make them curious about what is different.

  • Heather C

    Words have such power. They can encourage, or then can suck the wind right out of someone’s sails. They can inspire, and they can destroy.

    As a youth, Larry Crabb had developed a stutter that humiliated him in a school assembly. A short time later when praying aloud in a church service, his stutter caused him to get both his words and theology mixed up in his prayer. Expecting stern correction, Larry slipped out of the service, resolving never to speak in public again. On his way out he was stopped by an older man who said, “Larry, there’s one thing I want you to know. Whatever you do for the Lord, I’m behind you one thousand percent.” Larry’s resolve never again to speak publicly weakened instantly. Now, many years later, he addresses large crowds without stuttering.

    “Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.” Colossians 4:6

    Always gracious. Easier said than done, eh? Still… I want to strive to #speaklife today.. to be a woman who build others up, rather than tear them down. I want to resolve to speak the truth in LOVE. #shereadstruth

    • ~ B ~

      “Always gracious” … yep, that is a tripper upper huh? I am with you Heather, in that I want to strive to speak life today, to be a woman who builds up, to speak truth! ~ B

    • Heather (MNmomma)

      Speak life…….my moto each day :)

  • Amy Coleman

    Wow! Lord Jesus, “Let MY speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that I may know how I ought to answer each person.” ESPECIALLY my husband and children. Speak through me Lord Jesus!

  • candacejo

    LOVE today’s devotion and this: “Instead, our task is to speak words from our personal thirst, pointing to the source of Living Water.” The Bible even says the Holy Spirit will put words in our mouths! “But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.” Matthew 10:19-20 and here in the Old Testament too: “Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” Exodus 4:12 (That’s just a couple of scriptures on that subject!) We just pray for opportunity, and He will give it, and then tell our story. I can remember saying things or quoting scripture I didn’t even know I knew! Pray for an open door and He will send them ♥

    • Kelly S

      Praying with you today! I can type out the Gospel all day long. Face-to-face is another story. Holding on to Exodus 4:12 today!

    • ~ B ~

      I love the scriptures you added! Prayerful that God always gives me the words! ~ B

  • This way of looking at it is so helpful- tasting God’s grace and sitting side by side with others, sharing it with them. It does take off a lot of the pressure to have the right words. I have noticed in sharing Jesus with others that it is usually when I am willing to share the difference God has made for me personally that it impacts others the most. Also that sometimes it is when I have felt totally inadequate and don’t think I’ve said things clearly at all that God has used it. I love that he can work even in our weakness.

    • candacejo

      So true, Carly. It is YOUR testimony that He has given you that will touch others right where they live. And it will seem that the ones He puts in your path are just the ones that need to hear YOUR story. Way cool. ♥

    • ~ B ~

      I agree completely. Truth and grace revealed through one’s own personal testimony. ~ B

  • 8oz plain flour
    8oz salted butter
    4oz cornflour
    4oz caster sugar
    2tbls vanilla essence…

    These are the ingredients to the best shortbread biscuits this side of the pond…( see what I did there, ladies)
    I know this, because I have followed this recipe for as long as forever…and every time, without a shadow of a doubt, the biscuits turn out perfect…
    Why the cookery lesson, well, if Kaitlin is talking salt, then let me tell you about the salted butter in this recipe….I agree different makes of butter will use different amounts of salt..but here’s the thing…in all the years of making these tasty morsels, as long as the butter is salted, and the recipe followed to the letter, there will always be delicious biscuits….that don’t actually see the biscuit tin..trust me..!!!
    There are many recipes and ‘food bibles’ out there, but there is only one, for each of us that we would swear by, to make biscuits, cakes, gumbo, stew, dumplings, burgers….
    And …the same with life, there are many books, under the guise of how to make your life better, or this is the way you should live…but our best, bestest and true recipe for life is the Good News of the Gospel…in it we are given the ingredients ( the Word of God), the solid facts, the truth…not sugar coated…the substance -Christ Jesus, by and in whom to live our lives..and no matter how we mix it, make a mess of it, down tools- give up, no matter the temperature(life’s attempt at holding us captive to our sin, throwing us of course)….whilst we hold fast, to the author(God) of this BEST Seller…EVER, whilst we follow, trust, believe, have faith in His Word…He will always be on hand, He will always guide, protect, help, lead , provide in the intricacies of life in the way only He can…in Love, Grace, Mercy…Faithfulness according to his promises…
    He is GOOD…..all the time
    He works….faithfully..
    His works, work..
    God works for our good…
    Always…

    Oops, I got carried away, and probably off course…..sorry, I hope there is some sense, maybe a nugget or two in there for someone today…
    Blessings dear Sisters,…always..xxx

    Should you wish to taste these morsels for yourself…
    Place all ingredients in a mixer and combine until mixed and doughlike…
    If soft to handle refrigerate for 20 mins or so..
    Take spoonfuls, not too big, ball in the palm of you hand, place on a baking tray, then press down with a fork, to flatten it and to get the stamp of the fork, which make it look amazing once bake..
    Continue til all dough used up..
    Bake in oven 180 for approx 20 mins..until golden and risen slightly..
    Sprinkle with extra caste sugar, whilst still warm and place on a rack to cool…
    ENJOY…XX

    • candacejo

      You are so awesome! I am treasuring, and saving, this precious recipe from you. The analogy is even better. Blessings. ♥

    • Amy Coleman

      Love that!! Thanks for sharing!!

    • ~ B ~

      Love this T and I love the recipe. I, too, have saved this and will include in my recipe book as “Sweet Tina’s Shortbread Biscuits” … Love love love it! ~ B

    • Heather (MNmomma)

      LOVE!!!!!

    • Trisha C

      Tina, thank you for sharing this and the recipe too! I always enjoy your posts. They are always filled with genuine love for our Lord and Savior, seasoned with salt. :) God bless you today!

    • Pam

      Thank you Tina! So awesome to have this from you!

    • Mamajonk

      Tina! You not only bless us with your lovely words but food too?!! Going to make these and when I serve them will make sure everyone knows I got the recipe from my “across the pond” sister!

    • Debbie

      I love this and I always look forward to reading your comments. T you are such a blessing!! Thank you for sharing today, I will treasure it and share it with others.

    • Alexis

      I am so trying this recipe! Thank you for sharing…love!

    • Lindy

      Thank you Tina!! Just wonderful!!

    • Shari

      Hi Tina,
      Thank you for the recipe! I copied it down in the back of my Colossians journal. Your English ingredients can be difficult to find, but still possible. I’m excited to try my new, from Tina, recipe.
      Smiles and Hugs to You!

  • “Holy fire…burn away, my desire for anything that is not of you and is of me, I want I want more of you and less of me. Empty me. Empty me. Oh Lord, fill wouldn’t you fill me with You”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KLrth_2Gdg

  • This may have just turned everything around for me. Thank you for providing clarity. Amen, AMEN!

  • “As shares of the gospel our job description is less about defending our stance and more about glueing our eyes to His posture.”
    Matthew 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
    It is how we reflect Jesus in our behavior that will bring others to faith. How our eyes learn from His posture and reflect that in our deeds that will shine before others.

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