When I sit down to eat, I instinctively pick up the saltshaker. I generally don’t even taste the food first; I just pour on the salt. Sometimes this gets me into trouble and the food ends up being too salty, and not as appealing to eat.
As Christians we are told to, “Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.” (Colossians 4:6)
The Lord wants our life and our words to reflect him, to give a positive, graceful taste to the world about what it means to be a Christian. Yet this can be difficult. Recently I’ve heard the expression “you are salty.” This is not a positive expression; it is very much like over salting food and means to be bitter or irritated. As Christians we have to have just the right amount of salt. A salt that makes us appealing to the world and a salt that remains flavorful and faithful to God.
“Salt is good, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored?” (Luke 14:34)