5 Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. 6 Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.
Paul wants us to season our interactions with those outside of the family of God with salt. He wants us to be preserved in our faith and obedience to the Lord, rather than do away with our convictions and capitulate to predominant culture. He wants us to enhance the conversations that we have with people who don’t have a saving faith in Jesus Christ, that maybe we might be able to lead them to think about the deeper things of life and of faith. And he wants us to be agents of change in predominant culture, rather than being changed by predominant culture.
His comments also assume the Colossian believers are vitally involved in the local community and have ample opportunities to interact with outsiders in a way that would commend the gospel to them. We should all be vitally involved in our local community so that we too have the relationships and the opportunity to share the message of Hope that is found in the gospel of Jesus Christ.
And so living amongst predominant culture, how are you going to be salt in your interactions with the people in your life? How are you going to be vitally involved in our community so that we can bring the Hope of the Gospel to the North East?
Maybe if you aren’t involved in a community group of some description, maybe today is the day to determine to join something. We all have hobbies – we all have things that interest us, so why not join up with a club or a group and become vitally involved in that group so that you are interacting with our community, and can bring the Hope of the Gospel as you salt that group with your presence, as you take Jesus Christ in you, with you – the hope of Glory.