Pastor's April 2019
Is Your Life Like Spring?
I’m ready for spring, how about you? Some of you may be thinking - “I thought the pastor being Canadian would love the winter snow!” I do like the snow. I enjoy skiing down the slopes, tubing down the hills and ice skating on the lake. I enjoy all the winter activities - if it weren’t for the cold! I’m ready for the weather to warm up again, for the flowers to bloom and for the birds to sing.
What a wonderful time of year it is when we soon will see things growing again. Spring is a time of renewal, and as Christians we constantly need to reflect upon our lives and ask God to get rid of the cobwebs of routine and renew the joy of serving our Creator.
I think of the verse of the song “Pass It On” which says, “What a wondrous time is spring, when all the trees are budding. The birds begin to sing. The flowers start their blooming. That’s how it is with God’s love, once you’ve experienced it. You want to sing - it’s fresh like spring. You want to pass it on.”
My question for you is this - Is your life like spring? Does it exude happiness, joy and newness in Jesus Christ?
God invented the joy of newness. The Bible portrays Him as One who is eternally interested and involved with the new. He says, “Behold, I will do a new thing” Isaiah 43:9. I like the way the Clear Word paraphrase puts 1 Corinthians 5:17: “If anyone accepts Christ into his life, he’s remade from within. Old values pass away and new values take over. He’s a new creation, a new and different person!” This is one of the most exciting verses in all of Scripture. God is not only offering to give us unexperienced dimensions to living, but He is also offering to give everlasting freshness, vitality, and newness to our lives! “All things are become new.” The grass can be greener on your side of the fence!
With Christ in our lives, everything becomes full of potential and joy and delight. He can renew your relationship with your husband or wife and bring you both pleasure and satisfaction from it that you never dreamed possible. He can take your job that perhaps for many years has become pure drudgery and a great frustration to you and turn it into an exciting possibility for fulfillment and success. He can take the humdrum life and convert it overnight into a great adventure with Him. He can make your life the most stimulating, refreshing, challenging life you could ever know.
This ability to experience such contentment and satisfaction is the heritage of all who are touched by Christ’s reviving, resurrecting power. He can resurrect more than your body from the dust.
Even that miracle is less significant than the miracle He can work in resurrecting your life from the dust of futility and frustration and emptiness that you are experiencing if you are trying to get through life without Him.
The Bible promises, “We are therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too, may live a new life” Romans 6:4.
Is your life like spring? If you are in Christ you can become a truly new and joyful creation.
Pastor Barry Taylor