Perfectly Seasoned

Two of my favorite activities are cooking and eating. If I’m not eating, I’m thinking about what I’m eating next. When I’m cooking, I do my best to make sure the food is well seasoned so that it is enjoyed by everyone who eats it. I’ve had my fair share of food that wasn’t seasoned well. Have you ever been served a steak with no seasoning or salt on it? Plain meat is not very good on its own. I’ve also had food that was too salty. It’s difficult to eat. It takes knowing your audience and the food you’re serving to know how much seasoning to put. It also takes a lot of practice. I’ve over and under salted before myself. As the person serving the food, it’s worrisome to see when people aren’t enjoying what I’m serving.

In John 8, Jesus was teaching in the Temple when a group of men brought a woman to Him. “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?” (NLT) They thought they had the right amount of seasoning in their words because they were quoting God’s Word, but Jesus showed them it was too salty. Jesus replied “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” The men standing there tasted the right amount of seasoning (grace), and they knew it. One by one, they put down their salt shakers and walked away. Jesus then offered that same seasoning of grace to the woman and she walked away changed.

Colossians 4:6 says, “Let your conversation be gracious and attractive (seasoned with salt) so that you will have the right response for everyone.” You and I can be Biblically right and over seasoned like the men who brought the woman to Jesus. If we’re not careful, we can leave the truth out and be unseasoned as well. In either case, our conversation isn’t attractive or gracious to the one who needs it to be. Finding the balance between grace and truth is hard, but necessary as believers. How we season the spiritual food we present to others can make an eternal difference. Before over, or under salting your conversation, seek guidance from the Holy Spirit. He always knows the right amount of salt we need to season our conversations with.

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