“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.” – Matthew 5:13 (ESV)
Becky Manly Pippert, author and speaker on numerous topics such as evangelism, has some interesting stories to share regarding her experiences in sharing the gospel with people with whom she crosses paths. After hearing her speak once, I was so encouraged. After returning home, I lost my 24-hour zeal to emulate her.
I think it’s time I go back and listen to her talk again. I also have a couple of her resources and I think it’s time to read them. Remember, I collect books with the intent of having them all read before I die. Right now I predict, based on the number of unread books in my possession, that I should live to be 120 years old. I don’t think I’m alone and to my pleasure, I have passed this trait along to my oldest. He, however, seems to be a better steward of his time and has a plan to read his books. He follows through on his plan, like his dad. I get sidetracked, similarly to maintaining a topic while posting…
In 1 Thessalonians, next week we’ll be covering Paul’s methods for sharing the gospel. I am excited about that and will be taking notes.
In the meantime, if you are interested in reading about Paul’s methods, please do.
Also, Becky’s materials can be reviewed/previewed at Amazon. Out of the Saltshaker and Into the World and Talking About Jesus Without Sounding Religious are just two of her books.
Of course, we could read any number of books by any number of good authors all day long, but God continues his analogies with salt and sharing the gospel in other verses of Scripture besides the one at the top.
- Mark 9:50 – “Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”
- Colossians 4:6 – “Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.”
- 1 Peter 3:5 – “but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.”
- 2 Timothy 4:2 – “preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.”
Just from these alone, I see several things to apply to my life.
- Make sure my salt stays salty. Stay aligned with Christ.
- Share the gospel graciously and not with beating over the head. Don’t toss in a track at the redlight and hit the gas on green never to be seen again.
- Always be prepared to give the reason for my hope in Christ. Maintain my hope in Him, too. Be gentle and respectful.
- Be ready to share no matter how old I get. It seems like people will patiently hear it from an older lady. I need to be sharing it now, too. I may not live to be an old lady.