Thursday, March 20, 2008

New Life

Reflections by the Sea © Betsy Ore Glass
March 20, 2008

Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies. -John 11:25 NIV

The seasons of Easter and spring go hand in hand. Both symbolize new life. Trees are budding with new life and the bulbs are poking their heads out of the winter earth seeking the sun’s warmth. Easter comes early this year. Some have said that it is interesting to observe which comes first….the first day of spring or the first spring day! The calendar says that March 20th was the first day of spring, but someone will have to let Mother Nature know, as winter seems reluctant to make its departure.

Easter is a time for renewal. A new beginning. A fresh start. The story of the Resurrection gives us hope and the promise of everlasting life. (Matt. 28; Mark 16; Luke 24) One definition for resurrection is revival. We have heard the phrase, “spring cleaning” and perhaps we can apply it to our lives as well. Cast out the sins and ways of the world that don’t serve us well and adopt new approaches and ways to live a godly life. Make life changing decisions that opens the door to a daily relationship with God. Have a new heart for service by doing for others. Develop new habits that keep our bodies healthy and our minds clear. But first, we must believe with our whole hearts that Jesus came so that we would have abundant life. (John 10:10) We just have to make Him first. Being a “Believer” is so much more than going to church on Sunday. It is being open to fellowshipping with God daily. To go to Him for everything. To believe that what we have asked for in prayer, we have received. Living in hope, with expectant faith is the way. He gave us His Precious Son, Jesus so that we could have eternal life (John 3:16). Be revived, renewed and refreshed! It is the season for new life!

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