“Therefore, putting away lying, “Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,” for we are members of one another. “Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil. Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need. Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.”
Ephesians 4:25-32 NKJV
These days there are all manner of pans to cook in. Some are copper, some made of alloys, designed to be used right out of the box. When I was a child, my mom had this big cast iron skillet. It was special. She always cleaned it carefully, using heat, salt and oil as a cleanser, wiping away carefully, all the grim. This process resulted in a seasoned skillet.
I was always amazed at the non stick quality of the pan. Grilled cheese, bloody steak, you name it. Nothing stuck.
As I read Ephesians chapter 4, I was reminded of the old pan, seasoned by much use, and a constant, conscious, consistent effort to keep in proper shape.
Our spiritual lives are the foundation of who we are, and how we live in this world. That life is also our public proclamation of who Jesus is, and what He did in our lives. Like that well seasoned skillet, we are equipped for any cooking situation.
Whether it be antagonistic boss, hostile people, brother so do and do, or just those people who can’t help but rub you the wrong way, true faith, walking in the spirit, prepares the follower of Christ for any eventuality.
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
II Timothy 3:16-17 NKJV
The word of God is the primary seasoning, as it governs how we go in the world. It helps me to control myself, to keep my eyes off this world, and defines for me the values that I must live by as a child of God.
In a very real sense, the seasoning is like armor for the soul, protecting the surface, and keeping it from become stuck with the world. God has given us His armor, to assist us to go and proclaim the Gospel.
“Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.”
Ephesians 6:13-20 NKJV
Brothers and sisters, let us season our skillets, keeping them ready for skillful cooking.
It is of the utmost importance that we represent Jesus Christ. We need only look at the world we are in to see the dire consequences if we do not.
“Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.”
Colossians 4:5-6 NKJV