Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person (Col. 4:5-6).
It’s not just enough to know the gospel, and it’s not enough just to know that our friends, our relatives, our associates, and our neighbors need Jesus. But we must walk in wisdom amongst the outsiders. Our primary interaction with our FRANs (friends, relatives, associates, neighbors) should not be on social media, where it gives an illusion to connecting with people, but be among actual people. And when you are, may your speech be fueled by the grace of which you were saved and by which others are saved.
“Seasoned with salt”? Yes. In Paul’s time, salt was actively working and moving and preserving. When we speak, we speak with an active graciousness that is winsome. We shouldn’t talk in a fearful, apologetic, overpowering, or a boring way. We should speak in ways that are ready to answer, but in a way that compels, not repels.