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New seasons remind us of chance for new life

The breaking of the winter into the spring brings the birth of a new season. Nature is kind enough to bring new life out of the deadness of winter. Grass grows rapidly, trees and flowers bloom, and the beautiful sunny days remind of us new life. All of nature cries out that we are in a new season, a new birth and a new life. The smell of the barbecue and the outdoor movement of people all give credence to a new season.

God’s Word speaks of seasons in Ecclesiastes. “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1–2) Spring brings a new season of the year, with all of the beauty of a new life. This is a visible reminder of new life that is found in Jesus Christ.

The Bible teaches that we are born into this world with a body that is dying. This decaying process points to the fact that our bodies are transitory and temporal. In time, the strength of youth fades away to the aging process. The apostle says it perfectly “For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.” (2 Corinthians 4:16) The inward man is the soul of man and it will last forever somewhere in eternity. Your soul is the real person you are and the soul is our relationship to God.

The birth of a new season points to the truth of new life found in Jesus Christ. The Scriptures liken new life in Jesus Christ to the birth of a baby. This term “born again” refers to the birth of a brand new start, a brand new beginning. This is promised to every person that is willing to realize they are desperate need of a Savior.

Jesus Christ came to die on the cross for our sins to pay for the debt of our sins. He paid it because we are unable to pay for our sins. The guarantee that His payment was accepted is the fact that He rose from the dead. All the suffering and awfulness of sin that was laid upon Him was accepted as our punishment for sin. The only way we can be forgiven is by calling on Jesus Christ to be our personal savior (Romans 10:13).

When we have called upon Jesus Christ as savior, we begin the birth of a new life, a new season. This new life brings new desires and a new purpose. This life brings a new inner peace knowing that we have a right relationship with the Lord through Jesus Christ. There is new fruit that will begin growing in your life that comes out of the dwelling of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Paul gives a description of nine parts of lasting fruit that grows in our spiritual lives as a believer.“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22–23)

This new season means a life change from the inside out. As you read this article you might find yourself in need of a definite life change. This change does not mean we run to a new job or new spouse, but that we make our way to the Lord Jesus Christ. Let Him work in your life to change you from the inside out. This change means God is working in your life to mold you and change you into His image. The circumstances will not change but you will change in the circumstances.

This world has nothing constant. The passing of time brings changes and new seasons. Every season is nature’s reminder of the new life found in Jesus Christ. If you have found new life in Him, this time of the year is a special reminder to you. If you have not found called upon Him, you can do today. He is as near as a prayer.

The Rev. Rick Stonestreet is pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Fairfield. He can be reached at rstonestreet@cbcf.net.

The Rev. Rick L. Stonestreet

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