Seasons of Our Faith Day 1 – Spring: New Life in Christ
by Maddie and Ruth McDonald
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)
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9, ESV)
Let us know; let us press on to know the Lord; his going out is sure as the dawn; he will come to us as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth. (Hosea 6:3, ESV)
When I see this quote, “I love that we live in a world where there are seasons,” I always sort of laugh because it seems a little cheesy. But I really do love that seasons exist, as there are many special memories and components to each one. In this study, we will be looking at different seasons and how they apply to the Christian life. God created these seasons, and we can enjoy each of them for different reasons. So join me as we reminisce on some special memories from these seasons.
What’s the first thing you think of when it comes to spring? Some of you may have thought of flowers, spring rain showers, and Easter, but I definitely know that a few of you said allergies. In my home, spring was the season of sneezing. My brother always had the worst allergies because of the pollen, and if he wasn’t asleep, he was most likely sneezing. But there are parts of spring that are absolutely wonderful (just don’t ask my brother what he thinks of spring). After winter, when nature became dormant, has gone, spring comes around, and suddenly we see nature come alive again!
Spring marks the end of winter, and brings us into warmer temperatures and brighter days; the days themselves are longer. We see color come back to plants; no longer are they leafless, but we see green sprouting, grass growing, and flowers opening up. Some of my favorite spring memories include picking fresh flowers, sitting outside in the evenings, and Easter egg hunts that may have gotten a little too competitive at times. This season is such a beautiful time, when everything in nature seems to come alive again. This newness of life in spring reminds me of the new life we have in Christ when we accept Him as Savior. I think of the darkness we were in before, but how in Christ we are now a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17).
If you are a Christian, I want you to spend a few moments thinking about your life before you were one. All of us have different experiences and were saved at different times in our lives. Some were saved very young and honestly might not have many distinct memories before they were saved. There are also many that were saved when they were a teenager or an adult and clearly remember the time before they were saved. I was saved as an older teenager and I remember a lot of things from before I was saved. I always wanted to be saved and was scared of the Rapture, where Jesus comes back to take all the Christians to Heaven. I knew I wasn’t saved, and I knew that would not include me. I had happy memories from my childhood, but never had lasting joy. It’s important to remember what we were saved from; it elevates our thankfulness and is a reminder of the blessing of salvation.
Next, think of the moment you understood that Christ died for your sins, of that moment when you understood the simplicity of salvation for the first time, and what thoughts ensued. I had tried for years to perfectly put together the “formula” of salvation, and my emphasis was on trying to see what I could do instead of resting in what Christ had already done (Eph. 2:8-9). In the moment I realized that I didn’t have to pay for my sins in hell because Jesus died on the cross for me, I had peace beyond comparison. There’s such a simplicity in just accepting that truth—and I hope you have rested in Him as your Savior. It was the best choice of my life, and changed the course of my eternity forever.
Newness in Christ is a wonderful thing, and it is so special to be able to read and enjoy His Word and pray to Him as Father. Although I am not newly saved, this newness lives on when I savor the truth that Christ died for me. I feel a fire for my faith and for spending time in His presence, thinking of all He has given to make me His own. If you want to experience this newness of life, come to Him today and you are promised rest for all eternity. If you have been saved for years, and miss that newness, we are promised that if we acknowledge Him, He will come to us as spring rains which water the earth (Hosea 6:3). He is near to us when we call, and He gives life to us each and every day. When you think of spring, may you think of the life that He has given each one of us and the eternal life which guarantees us a home in Heaven forever with our Savior.