Spring Calls for Sanctification
“Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.” 2 Peter 3:11-13
The beginning of springtime is always such a sweet occasion. I’ve been thinking a lot about the joy that comes from the demonstrations of growth and beauty that blossom around us in this season, especially as I set flowers in vases and watch seedlings push through the dirt in cups near our window.
It always helps me to think about this time of year in the midst of those dreaded “winter blues”, and that in and of itself is a comforting thought—the coming and going of the seasons provide us with a sense of reliability. There is always a new milestone to look forward to in nature. As we await the signs of spring, we know deep down that the deeper reality we’re witnessing is the passage of time as we are spurred on toward Christ’s second coming.
Though this event should be significant to us, it is easy to forget or even to suppress the knowledge of time’s progression and earth’s steady decay. These patterns of death and sudden revitalization in the seasons are ultimately a reminder that not only Christ is coming to renew this world but also that our own hearts, words, and actions should display the blossoming of holiness that has been wrought within us. We, too, have passed from death to new life.
Father, You are so kind and faithful to remind us of eternity through the things that pass away. Thank You for the beauty in each new season. Prevent me from ignoring or repressing the thought of time’s passing and the nearness of eternity with You. Fill me with thoughts of redemption, of sanctification, and of my need for Your gospel today, in Jesus’ name.
What are some parallels you see between the seasonal patterns and the spiritual life of a Christian?
Jessica is a native to the Appalachian mountains of Asheville, North Carolina, although she now resides in northern Virginia with her husband. She has been a lover of reading since elementary school and a lover of Christ since high school. She is a full time English major, in hopes that her studies will help her more effectively minister to other through written words. Her favorite things in the world are British tea, old books, autumn leaves, dry humor, and rainy weather. Her goal as a writer is to demonstrate how the Gospel, objective truth, and sound theology are not only applicable, but essential, to all aspects of life as a woman, especially in a world that celebrates sin, false doctrine, and self-sufficiency.