The New Has Come!

This is an exciting time of year for me. Not because my birthday falls in March (well… not totally), but because spring is definitely in the air. Yes, winter is still very much a present reality, but somehow its punch seems a little softer and there’s already evidence in nature that we’re on the brink of change. I can’t think of a better time of year to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ. At this transitional time, our thoughts are instinctively drawn toward themes of “new life” and warmer and brighter days. Just as the sap begins to flow causing the buds and leaves to appear, we can sense our own physical energy being renewed just thinking about all the things we enjoy doing outdoors.

In the weeks to come, I’m looking forward to sharing messages about the love of God and how it is seen ultimately in the gift of His “only begotten Son.” When I think of that gift and what it means for us as faithful recipients, the word “potential” comes to mind. As the sun’s rays intensify and winter’s icy grip subsides, nature’s productive potential is unleashed and we are blessed by all the beauty and bounty that follows.  In the same way, when we begin to experience the power of God’s Son in our lives, the effect of sin and decay are driven back and there is much potential for spiritual beauty and bounty. “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

The key that unlocks this potential is faith; faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ; faith in the fact that His death was no accident and His resurrection was no lie. When we understand that He died in our place and for our sins and that His resurrection was only the first of a great future harvest, how can we not radiate with joy and hopeful enthusiasm? As the natural world dutifully prepares to display the glory of God this spring, should we not all the more intentionally prepare our lives to display the grace and character of Jesus Christ, for His glory?

Prayer: Dear Father, thank You for loving us enough to send Jesus to die in our place. Thank You, Jesus, for willingly laying down Your life for us. Thank You for seeing the potential each believer could possess and for beholding that vision with joy — even in the shadow of the Cross. Help me to live my life in such a way that I would continue to make You smile and encourage others to experience Your light and life. Amen

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