With the coming of springtime, our minds and hearts celebrate life. After the dormancy of winter’s grip, we breathe deeply to savor the emergence of new leaves, budding blooms, and warming days. For believers, these annual hallmarks of new life go a step further and invite us to re-enliven our appreciation for the new life we have in Christ.
The coming of Jesus to Earth heralded a vision of living that had not been understood before. His words and actions called everyone to let go of pursuits tied to selfish desires and temporary accomplishments, and instead to go after the kingdom of God with its eternal purposes. Jesus’ death and resurrection, which we commemorate this month, made these new pursuits possible.
Hear the call of Jesus to embrace the new life He unveiled in Mark 1:15 (NIV): “The time has come; the kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!”
Romans 8:1-2 – “There is therefore no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.”
Colossians 3:2-4 – “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.”
Colossians 3:12-14 – “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.”
John 10:10 – “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”
John 10:27-29 – “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.”
The daily journey to nurture your new life in Christ, like the burgeoning springtime, blossoms and creates a life of beauty and fruitfulness.