With Salt, Please

With Salt, Please, originally uploaded by Shirley Buxton.

“Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.” Colossians 4:6

I can’t recall any sermon or lecture concerning salt that has not fascinated and inspired me, for although salt is such a common item, and there is no functioning kitchen that doesn’t contain this seasoning, its properties are far-reaching and with many lessons attached. Salt and its qualities must pour from the kitchen, flood into the living room, the dining room and the bedroom. It’s lessons are myriad. Paul knew this, of course, as he addressed the saints in the church at Colosse, and by extension, as he addresses us here in the 21st century.

Salt was used during Paul’s day in sacrificial rites, and although such is not part of our salvation during this dispensation, we are instructed as people of God to:

“By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.” Hebrews 13:15

Salt preserves. A dynamic understanding is here, especially as applied to the words that come from our mouths. Grace, Paul says. Let your speech be always with grace. It’s unpleasant to consider how many relationships we may have damaged by the lack of grace in our conversation. Is it possible we have turned people from God by the lack of wisdom, tact and grace as we speak to them? Think of your family and friends, and their reactions when we are salty, when we are full of grace. Tight friendships and close family bonds are preserved as a generous sprinkling of salt accompany the words that spring from our mouths.

Salt makes things taste better. All of us are faced with trying situations, times of disappointment and frustration, profound and seemingly unanswerable questions, periods of ill-health or disability, cycles of disillusionment with our own progress…The salt of grace makes these more palatable, more easily endured.

Salt makes one thirsty. Want to draw people to God? Want to introduce them to the overcoming and joyful life of a Christian? Make them thirsty for what you have. Stuff yourself with grace so that sparkling salt issues from you, and those with whom you come in contact are so caked with salt that they must have water. Yes! The water of everlasting life.

“Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.” Isaiah 55:1

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About Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 78 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She has been married to Jerry for 60 years. They have 4 children, 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)
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3 Responses to With Salt, Please

  1. writeathome says:

    Hi Sister Buxton,

    I have been fascinated with salt before too. It is my desire and I’m sure it is yours to be the salt of the earth of which Jesus spoke. Thank you for this good devotional.

    Love,

    Carol

  2. There are 3 places in the OT that mention a “covenant of salt: Lev 2:13, Num 18:19, II Ch 13:5. The OT sacrifice HAD TO be salted. For us NT believers, our currupt nature must be salted (mortified, subdued). We guard our thoughts and purify (salt) our speech in presenting the gospel to others. Good post!

  3. Scotti says:

    This is a wonderful post and I love the anology of salt making others (and myself) thirsty for His everlasting water.
    Blessings,
    Scotti

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