Spicing Things Up

Dave Gifford

READ : Colossians 4:5-6

Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt . . . (v. 6)

Yesterday we saw that these verses urge us to be ready to defend our faith. But many people who are skilled at defending their faith are not exactly living portraits of Colossians 4:5-6. They defend their faith with shouts, insults, and sarcasm. And to no one’s surprise, they are not very effective.

Paul writes here about speaking with graciousness and . . . salt! Salt, the salvation of any bland, boring meal. Here in Mexico people tend to reach instead for the hot sauce. They even have ice cream flavored with chile powder! But whatever seasoning you prefer, the point is the same: many people around us need some spice added to their dull, bland lives! Who better to give it to them than those of us who have experienced God’s rich grace? Who better to invite them to “taste and see that the Lord is good”?

Learning how to defend our faith is important. But in the end it won’t be the arguments that win people over. It will be the zesty, thirst-inducing way we live and interact with them. God’s grace in our lives is what will cause their souls to growl with hunger. Today may you and I represent Jesus “taste-fully”!


Lord, let me taste your richness today and pass that richness on to someone I know.