The Not-So-Secret Flavoring in Christianity
Preface: If we are to be involved in fulfilling the great gospel commission, we must understand what we mean by “evangelism” and “witnessing.”
As Christians, we hope to show others through our lifestyle what it means to be happy. Can you imagine a great chef cooking a delicious meal without adding any seasonings? He or she would not think of doing such a thing. It is because of the seasonings that the chef achieves the fantastic results we taste. Christianity is flavored as well.
If we as Christians really want to share our Christianity with others, we must add the seasonings that bring the results we want. The salt God gives to us is to be used for His glory, not for ours. Once people digest this salt, they shall be preserved in His glorious kingdom.
“Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone” (Col. 4:6, NIV). In this verse, Paul is giving instructions to the Colossians on how to live a productive Christian life through friendship ministries. If we look at Colossians 4:2–5, we read other instructions that enhance and season our understanding:
1. Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
2. Pray for ministers of the gospel, that they may carry out God’s message to all who hear.
3. Be wise in the way you act toward those who aren’t in the church, and make the most of every opportunity.
In Matthew 5:13, we read about what happens to salt that has lost its flavor, its effectiveness. It is thrown away! God doesn’t keep things around that aren’t a part of fulfilling the gospel and revealing His saving grace. This is not to say that Christians who stop being effective should be thrown out of the church. This is not what this verse is saying at all. That’s what we have God’s grace for. Only by His grace are our sins forgiven and we are accepted as His saints.
Our conversations should be seasoned with God’s grace. This fact should be revealed in all our daily interactions. “Salt must be mingled with the substance to which it is added; it must penetrate and infuse in order to preserve. So it is through personal contact and association that men are reached by the saving power of the gospel.”*
*Thoughts From the Mount of Blessing, p. 36.