Here at Kamp we are bursting at the seams awaiting the arrival of Spring. The days are getting a little warmer, the sun shines a little longer and we are hopefully expecting great things in the season ahead. As winter gives way to Spring, it’s a beautiful reminder of the renewal and rejuvenation God wants to create in our hearts. In fact, Spring can be a natural, yearly symbol of Christ’s resurrection and the power He has to make us new.
In addition to eternal salvation and communion with our Heavenly Father, Jesus’ death and resurrection on the cross paved the way for our hearts to be made new. When we accept Christ as our one true Savior, we are accepting His forgiveness and love and the power to exchange our old lives for the enriched lives God has planned for us. In fact, 2 Corinthians 5:17 tells us: “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” Just as Spring brings beautiful blossoms from old, bare tree limbs, Christ makes us new and cultivates new fruit, new joy, and new opportunities to abide in Him.
What are some ways we can renew our hearts and minds this year with the renewal of the seasons?
· Allow ourselves to let go of the past in order to make room for the restoration that God wants to produce in our hearts. God longs for us to find joy in Him but in order for us to feel the fullness of His presence, we must let go of the shame and regret that may accompany the hurt of our past. Let’s lay our burdens down at His feet. He doesn’t want us carrying them alone!
· Open our hands. We all have hopes and dreams for our lives, and that’s a good thing! But God has the ultimate plans for each of us, and we are called to open our hands to God for Him to give and take as He sees fit. The great news is that He created us and knows us better than anyone else ever could. He also can see the path in front of us before we can. While we may not always understand or agree with how He chooses to refine us, we can trust that He knows what is best for us because He created us, redeemed us and knows the path ahead.
· Commit to making wise decisions and break old habits. We all have habits or mindsets that keep us from experiencing all the goodness that God wants for us. Sin and the guilt and shame that accompany sin are a part of this broken world. But we are not of this world! Christ did not come to cover up the messy parts of our lives. Rather, He came to transform us; make us a completely new creation! With that newness comes the need to seek His wisdom to know the right decisions as well as His courage to do the right thing.
· Go ALL in with Christ. Join that small group you’ve been thinking about. Volunteer in that Sunday School class. Devote extra time to prayer and reflection on how great is the God we serve. God has called us to a new life in Him and that calls for being all in! Let’s dedicate our energy this Spring to developing the habits that allow us to walk more closely to Him, made new only in the power of His love.
Christ is making all things new, including you. Rejoice and feel rejuvenated in that truth today!