I always look forward to spring each year, as things seem to come to life. But, I am reminded that while spring is officially here, it is not the spring we look forward to due to the winter weather we have been experiencing. In addition to early flowers, grass, tree leaves, etc. it was snowing when I left home this morning. Of course a few flakes are all we seem to get in this part of the country anymore. I, like many of you, can remember the winter (and spring) snows we used to have years ago. Of course with spring there are usually sinus and allergy problems for many of us. However, we are given assurance (by the dependable weather forecasters) warmer weather is right around the corner.
David said, weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning (Psa. 30:5). We occasionally sing the lyrics, “In the morning of Joy”. Winter reminds many of the sunset years of life, but spring reminds us of the change coming soon. All these things should remind us of God’s faithfulness to His Word: While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease (Gen. 8:22).
For some, the time of life is just beginning (early spring). For others, the time of life is slowly ending (winter is approaching). While many prepare for cold months of winter, they fail to prepare for the winter of life. Paul wrote, behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation (2 Cor. 6:2). Salvation is made available by the grace of God in this life to all who avail themselves to His will (See Eph. 2:8-9; Matt. 7:21).
Springtime should remind Christians of the importance of serving the Lord faithfully. We are reminded of Jesus’ Words; I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work (John 9:4). Springtime is time for planting and cultivating. Christians are to plant the Word in the hearts of men by teaching and living the Gospel (1 Cor. 3:6). We cultivate by nurturing the Word in our hearts and lives, that it may grow in the hearts and lives of others to produce fruit to God’s glory (See Gal. 5:22-23; 1 Cor. 10:31).
Far too many are content to watch others, rather than utilize their efforts to the cause of Christ. Every Christian is important to the work of Christ on earth, and every Christian is responsible to do their part as the body of Christ (Eph. 4:15-16). Instead of watching, let’s be working, and be involved in the spiritual growth expected of us (See Luke 13:6-9).