Things Found in the Backyard

Spring is here, and so are all of the beautiful flowers that come with it! Each day of Spring is a new adventure. What new form of life will be found today? The best part of Spring is the new life that comes out of the old plants.  Through Fall and Winter, many plants look listless and dried up, but when Spring comes life enters their veins once again.  It’s as if they are new once again.

This newness of life can also be found in Christ, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (II Cor. 5:17). Like the plants of Fall and Winter, we are lifeless without Christ. Once He enters our lives new life is given. The leaves of Fall blow away, the harshness of Winter is melted, and we are transformed into beautiful, new creatures.

It’s amazing how it’s so hard to recognize something that was so dead and is now so alive. Nothing is similar. This is how it should be in the Christian’s life. After Salvation has taken place, nothing should be as it was before. A tree holds it’s shape through all seasons, but when the new life from Spring comes into it,  it looks nothing like the tree that it was before. It still looks like a tree, but nothing of its life as a “dead” tree remains. This is how a Christian should be. Nothing of our “dead” life should remain in us. We should be showing the new life that we have received through Christ.

As a freshly bloomed flower shows the beauty and awesomeness of God, so should we as Christians. “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:” (Romans 6:3-5).

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