Real Favor!
Wednesday, April  5, 2000

   Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.  Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
    -- Colossians 4:5-6, New International Version

   Salt is a wonderful thing.  Seasoning too.  You can take food that is without life, add a little seasoning and your taste buds will experience not only the flavor of the seasoning, but the flavor of the food as well.  Too much seasoning and you lose the flavor of the food and you may have trouble swallowing what you are trying to eat.  Not enough or an absence of season leaves the food in its current state, which may be unpalatable.
    Hear the Good News, the salt, the season in our life is Jesus.  It is our experience, of how and what Jesus has done in our life.  As Jesus has come into your life, you have changed.  You have come alive.  Sharing this seasoning does bring life to people in ways they may not have known or have forgotten about.
    To those who may not know Jesus, may not have had an experience with Jesus, a healthy dose might bring about something unpalatable.  But sharing and seasoning their live, a bit at a time, helps facilitate an experience. 
    Put in another way, I love Tabasco.  There was a time in my life, namely college, I hated Tabasco with a hard to understand passion.  It was too much.  But gradually, as I experienced its flavor, I began to really appreciate its properties, all it was about.  Jalapenos, same thing.  Now I cook with both.  They are a part of my cuisine.
    As I experienced Christ, my life changed, and as I matured in my faith, He became more and more a part of my everyday.  I wanted more and I wanted to share more.
    Share the flavor!  Share the experience!
   Holy and Righteous God, allow me to be faithful in sharing Your Salt.  Help me to be a good witness, with all people, but especially those who have not yet experienced You.  In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.