We’ve all heard the expression “April showers bring May flowers.” Often, there’s hidden truth to common sayings like these. Right now, it may seem like we are stuck in an “April shower,” a time of disappointment or confusion, while we patiently wait for “May flowers” to bloom and produce a sense of hope and refreshment.
As spring begins and the trees begin to recover from the winter months, the newness of life is one that can be compared to our lives once we are in Christ. Every winter the trees and plants begin to die. But soon the rain comes and the weather warms up, the plants and trees begin to blossom and come back to life.
Like trees in the dead of winter, we were once dead bearing no fruit. As we reflect on winter and our deadness before Christ, we get to look forward into spring knowing that we have been made new. Our life has already been restored!
“For you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God.”
1 Peter 1:23
He is living in us and through Him we are able to live in righteousness because we have been declared by God to be righteous. We are justified through Christ’s death on the cross. Even when we continue to sin, we are still able to be in right relationship with God, we are made new through grace.
Before Christ, we are broken and sinful, separated from God because of our own sin. Out of his love for us Christ took the payment for our sins on Himself so that we didn’t have to bear any punishment.
After Christ, we are made new in grace and we can rejoice that our brokenness doesn’t define us or hold us captive. We are now defined by grace.
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
2 Corinthians 5:17
Restoration of our soul is not of anything we could do, but solely the gift of grace that is freely given to us. We are able to be renewed because of our faith and undeserved grace.
We should be striving to never get over our gratitude as recipients of grace, but instead our entire lives should be motivated by our obligation to share with the world the same grace we have received. The grace of our Father motivates us because it is everything we are not and it meets us where we are.
And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.
2 Corinthians 12:9
How incredible that we get to serve a Creator who makes all things new. Unlike the yearly changing of the seasons our transition from death to life was made final in Christ’s death on the cross. We never have to worry if our salvation will wither away, but instead we rejoice in the grace we have received. We have an identity that will never change or fade away. So as the grass becomes green again may we be reminded of who we are in Christ: new creations formed by grace.