|Posted by Lorraine Serra on April 24, 2013 at 8:55 AM|
Before we say goodbye to April 2013, I thought a bit about transitions....winter into spring. Seemed such a slow transition this year. We experienced a weekend of warmth which was just a tease as we plunged back into frigid temperatures.
But, at last, the sun has been shining more consistently, the daffodils and tulips have made their annual appearance, and it seemsas though the transition is, at last, complete.
But, wouldn't you know it, no sooner than we sighed with relief, there was a sudden frost two nights ago, and today it may dip close to freezing again.
The ups and downs of seasonal transitions are enough to make a person want to just give up and move south! But, we don't, do we? We know that spring really is here, it really will stick eventually, and soon we will welcome the lazy days of summer.
But, it takes time; it is a process....with a guaranteed outcome...every single year.....basking in the sunshine...the warm glow of that blazing orb from which we get the energy to live.
The season of Easter joy heading for the birthday of the church on Pentecost, was certainly a time of transition for the first believers. The joy that Jesus had risen from the dead and walked again with them, spurred them with conviction to share the good news.
But, their zeal was certainly challenged by the reality of living in an oppressive Roman world. It took the empowerment of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost to transform the early church into an unstoppable force, fearless and determined to bring the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ to the world. As the Bible reminds us in 1 John 4:4 "...for greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world."
This transition and transformatioin continues to be relevant to each of us in our faith journey, don't you think?
Christ has indeed risen from the dead. He is alive and we are forgiven, and we have become clothed in His righteousness. Our acceptance before God is a gift and a guaranteed outcome to those who believe. It is a state of being....being in Christ.....being led by His Spirit and groomed in His ways. It is a process. It takes time.
Yet, though we accept the free gift of salvation, we still need the empowerment of the Holy Spirit to embrace our calling and live with the conviction to share the glorious news of freedom in Christ with boldness and love. It is the strength of the Holy Spirit that produces real transformation in us, so that we live no longer for self, but for the Lord.
That's why Jesus so often said to trust Him, and come to Him for rest and peace. Pursuing peace and purpose through a relationship with Jesus Christ gives meaning to life, and an anchor for our souls. He is the Vibrant Eternal Light that gives energy to our lives.
So, as we transition during this season, and start our spring cleaning, and turn the soil in the flower beds and vegetable gardens, recall that the truth of God's Word remains forever. "Nothing shall ever be able to separate us from the love of God which in Christ Jesus, our Lord." Romans 8:38-39.
Our seasons of life, sprinkled with experiences of growth, change, loss, grief, joy and victory, are anchored, even in the transitions, by our inner state of being....we are the righteousness of God, that is, we have a right state of being, through Christ Jesus.
Here are three different translations of this verse of truth to stand on:
2 Corinthians 5:21
For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ ESV
God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. NLT
For our sake he made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God. NIV
No matter how you say it, our righteousness is not about right doing, it is about right being, it is a fantastic gift. Let's all transition to right believing.....and enjoy the freedom we have in Jesus....
God bless you and lead you into a closer walk with Jesus today! We are always in His hands. Aren't you glad?