Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Old has Passed Away

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:17, ESV
Every year the trees prepare for winter, losing their leaves in a splash of brilliant color. By mid season their branches are bare skeletons stark against the white winter sky. Long after the leaves are raked and burned and snow falls the trees look lifeless.

But spring does come and the same bare branches burst forth with life. From buds to flowers and green leaves the trees are again adorned with color and shape. They nurture animals and their offspring with food and shelter. Year-after-year the story unfolds in a cycle of constant renewal.

While the work of salvation is accomplished by an act of faith, sanctification is an ongoing process. Believers go through seasons of growth and shedding in which, the old has passed away. Like many of you, I look back over the flourishing days and long for them again. You see, I've been in a winter season with the ugliness of my character flaws on full display. I'd rather just coast along on cloud nine as everyone basks in my fruit and foliage.

I'm no fan of winter in my life or on the calendar.

I look forward to spring.

So, when this season of letting go of the old and bearing the cold wears on me and those around me I'll try to remember, the new has come. It has in the past and will in the present.

Pray: Lord, You are faithful in my highs and lows. You are making me better and stronger. It isn't for my, but Your glory.

~ Mike Ritter

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