Sunday, April 19, 2015

THE TENACIOUS LEAVES

I love the spring.  It is my favorite time of  year. It alway reminds me of resurrection life. As sap begins to flow up through the barren tree, before you realize it, the dead tree of winter is flourishing with beautiful blossoms and green leaves.

The other day I was out walking and I observed the most unusual tree. New buds were appearing and yet there were still an abundance of dry dead leaves on it's branches.  I thought to myself, "Why are those dry, dead leaves SO TENACIOUSLY STILL hanging on. Didn't they know that their old life was over?  The winter was harsh, icy cold, and with heavy winds.The leaves should have been shaken off by now."

Then I thought, "What if this tree represented my new life in Christ and the dead leaves my old sin habits still holding on? What if I am fixing my eyes more on the dead leaves instead of Jesus?  What if I am deceived trying to prefect the flesh instead of believing I am a new creation in Christ? 

The good news is we are born again to a newness of life. We should    not be deceived trying to change ourselves. We are dead in Christ. He not only died for us but He died as us. His death on the cross is our death too and His resurrection is our new life in Him. "Deny yourself, pick up your cross and follow Him".  Jesus will lead us into all righteousness.  He loves us and is transforming us into His image and likeness.

This tree was once dead in the middle of winter, but new life has sprung forth in all its beauty. We were once dead in our trespasses and sin, but "By grace we have been saved through faith, and this is not of our own doing; it is a gift of God, not the result of works, so that no one can boast."  Ephesians 2:8,9.  The only difference is that we, as believers, will never die.  Jesus Christ is the Tree of Life, in us and because Christ lives, we live also in Him  Our lives become an expression of His beauty, day by day. Our bodies will go to dust, but our soul and born again spirit will live with  Him forever. To God be the glory.

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