Salt is superior in finishing. Foods are preserved by salt. In many instances, salt is the seasoning used in the foods that we eat to give it flavor. The word of God says, “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men,” (Matthew 5:13). Because we are children of God being molded by Him, we persevere to be seasoned in grace and wisdom. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but God delivers them out of them all. We are refined and prudent, brave and resilient because he again and again grows our faith.

Because we adhere to the word and walk in God’s precepts, he ministers to us through different seasons of life to be seasoned in the fruits of the spirit. Because we are anointed to be a blessing to others the word says, “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven,” (Matthew 5:14-16).

We can be stimulated by a lot of things that influence and inspire us and have very soulful experiences in life. But to be touched by Jesus Christ, who breathes the breath of life into us, is to know we’ve experienced something supernaturally extraordinary. He allows us to experience those things that are to catapult us by faith and perseverance to the places we are to be each day of our lives. As the eyes of our understanding are enlightened, we see that nothing is without him.

Because God is so merciful and his grace is sufficient for us, through many seasons in life we learn to have compassion for others. We are encouraged to minister our consolation and salvation to them, the way the Lord ministered to us. We sprinkle a little salt that they may taste the savour. We hope that there is a continuum of compassion in the lives of others as the Lord ministers by the word. Humility, love and compassion are in the receptive heart of those who understand that we wear each other according to the individual strive of the Lord in our lives.

Therefore, in all things we are to give him thanks and praise his holy name. May we keep in mind the scripture that says, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end,” (Jeremiah 29:11). As we remember the goodness of the Lord, may our endeavors be grand and accomplishments extraordinary. And may we move mountains by preparing ourselves in the low-lands through perseverance and faith.

Know that your mountain can be as high as our next triumph in Christ. Those that we encounter give us the opportunity to share the savour of our experiences and the enlightenment of God, whereby we are the salt of the earth. This is the rhythm of the gospel character and the sound of the word of God exemplified in your life.

The late Pamela Young was a native of Goldsboro, a 1990 graduate of Goldsboro High School and author of two books. She passed Oct. 13, 2021, but wrote this column for the Jan. 25, 2020, News Argus.