13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
In my opinion, there are few things better in life than putting seasoning on something in the morning with full knowledge that I will get to eat it that evening.
Seasoning is special. Over time, it seeps into the food I will eventually eat and makes the entire thing better. The presence of the seasoning over a long period of time is what makes the meal so great. The flavor of the food is pretty much crafted over the time it sits within its seasoning. My mouth is watering right now as I think about it.
When Paul tells the Christians in Colossae how to act toward outsiders, he instructs them to have conversations that are full of grace and seasoned with salt. The reason? So that the Christians in Colossae will know how to answer people's questions about the most important things in life:
How do I navigate life?
How do I find my purpose and fulfillment?
Why do you have so much hope? How can I have a hope like that?
Why do you not feel the need to worry about all the things typical people worry about?
How do I live life to the fullest?
(The list could go on and on).
Here's the thing, family. It is impossible to have grace-filled, love first conversations if they have not been seasoned with salt. I don't know about you, but undeserved and unmerited grace is not something I dish out in very simple or natural ways. I think this verse reminds us that, in order to show grace, we must be seasoned with grace.
In other words, we will never be the grace-filled, love first people that God wants us to be until we begin to sit in the seasoning of grace, let grace seep into the fiber of our being, overtake and enhance every part of our lives, and change the way we interact with outsiders.
Growing up, my mom always stressed the importance of the atmosphere I put myself in. I think it's because she understood what Paul was talking about here. Whenever we put ourselves in an atmosphere, we are being seasoned by that atmosphere. Therefore, that atmosphere will eventually begin to seep into our being. So, the invitation for today is to sit in the seasoning of God's grace. Grace is not a sauce that you add when you want to. No. It is a seasoning that must be sat in for a period of time. Seasoning my food is always a thought-out, intentional process for me. I think Paul would say that we must think through and intentionally seek out God's grace so that we can sit in it and begin to be transformed by it.
As we sit in the seasoning of grace, we will continue to be transformed into a grace-filled body of believers who love first.