Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. Colossians 4:5-6
This is the lyrics to a song by Lauren Daigle, “Salt and Light.”
You make righteous those who seek, You have written and redeemed my storyLet my eyes see Your kingdom shine all around, Let my heart overflow with passion for Your name; Let my life be a song, revealing who You are, For You are salt and light
Oh, the love that set me free, You bring hope to those in need; You have written and redeemed my story, Let my eyes see Your kingdom shine all around; Let my heart overflow with passion for Your name
Let my life be a song, revealing who You are, For You are salt and light; You are love’s great height, You are deep and wide; A consuming fire, You are salt and light, You are…
“Salt and Light” Click here for the You Tube song
This song has captured my thoughts lately. The idea is that God is salt and light. As believers, He lives in us through the Holy Spirit. He is writing our redemption story and He is also emanating His character through us. 2 Corinthians 2:14 tells us that God: “through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of Him everywhere. For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.”
God be salt and light through me. Work in me Your character and use me in the lives of the people around me. Make my life be a song, revealing who You are. Just how that looks is described in Colossians 4:1-2, so let’s take it apart:
- Walk in wisdom toward outsiders (unbelievers). James 1 tells us if we need wisdom we should ask for it in faith, and God will give it to us. We need God’s wisdom everyday, so give Him your specific situations that you encounter and ask Him how to make you salt and light as you go about your day. Ask God to prompt you about when to speak and when to be quiet, and how to speak truth into people’s lives.
- Making the best use of time. We should have a game clock that we keep our eye on, just like a quarterback does, or the one handling the ball in basketball. Just when you think you have all kinds of time to tell someone about Jesus, or to make a messy relationship better, or to grow in certain areas of our lives, the time ticks off. Jesus said in John 9:4, “As long as it is day, we must do the works of Him who sent Me. Night is coming when no one can work.”
- Let your speech always be gracious, or “full of grace,” NIV. That means we consciously look for ways to build people up, not just encouraging but sometimes rebuking, correcting and teaching. I have praying lately that God’s peace, hope and grace would overflow from me to others. Look for the good in people and situations and be quick to point it out. Be the kind of person others want to be around.
- Seasoned with salt. Salt is a disinfectant and a preservative. It also adds flavor. Speaking truth would be a disinfecting and preserving thing. If people are bashing things that are clearly contrary to God’s way, praying quickly for God’s wisdom, look for a way to say something that is graceful, but truth. Being salt might be doing the right thing even when others are taking the low road.
- Knowing how to answer each person. That takes God’s wisdom. Ask Him to show you how to deal with your annoying relative or the opinionated co-worker. Look for ways to speak into people’s lives and to share what Jesus has done in your life.
“Oh, the love that set me free, You bring hope to those in need; You have written and redeemed my story, Let my eyes see Your kingdom shine all around; Let my heart overflow with passion for Your name.”