Mike's Musings: Spring is a time for rebirth- hard times lead to good things
Greetings Everyone, It appears that spring is here, or at least it is near. I heard a weatherman say that March 1st is the meteorological time for spring to begin. Schools are having spring break right now. The calendar says March 20th is when spring arrives.
When the early rains come, that signals the onset of spring for gardeners and farmers. Your point of view determines when your spring begins. Your point of view and opinions are also important to your outlook on religion.
How you were raised, do your friends go to church, have you had a positive encounter with God? All of these experiences are important in your church-going experiences. The more positive your experiences, the more likely you are to believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Some of the things we endure in life are not good, but the hard times sometimes lead us to meet our Lord.
There are many things that can happen to us that determines the path we take when it comes to religion, both positive and negative. Often, many people will slow down, be quiet, and allow Jesus to come into their soul, bringing comfort and peace to them. Other times, people become so mad at the world, and God, that they want to fight everything and everyone. Either way, it is an opportunity for a person to meet God and experience his power and his love for us.
As humans we tend to often do things the hard way. God loves us and sent His son, Jesus to die on the cross so that through Him, we will receive eternal salvation. Jesus died for each of us. Jesus rose from the dead for each of us, but we sometimes don't want to accept the facts and accept the gift of eternal life. If a person were not so "stubborn" or filled with pride, accepting Jesus would be so much easier. Fortunately God loves us so much that He won't give up on us.
The Bible is filled with stories of how God deals with different people and helps them to find their way to acceptance of the Truth. Think about Jacob, Moses, David, Daniel, Simon Peter, Paul, and many others. Their lives were different but the one thing that all shared was the love they had for God and the love He had for each of them. Just like them, God loves us and has a plan for each of us.
As you read this you may be thinking God wants noting to do with me because I have done too many bad things. Believe it or not, God will forgive all of the bad things we have done.
Those things are called sin. When we admit we have sinned and ask for forgiveness and accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, all of our sins are forgiven. They will not be held against us in the eyes of God. No one is so bad that Jesus can't or won't give us eternal salvation if we ask Him. There has only been one perfect person throughout the ages and that is Jesus Christ and it is through him that our eternal salvation comes.
If you are still in doubt about how God can love sinners and use those people to honor and glorify Him, break out your Bible and read it. Look up Moses, David, and Paul. They are wonderful examples of how God can transform people who had committed the worst sins into people who were forgiven and became good examples for us. If you would like to talk about Jesus and salvation, please give me or any other pastors a call. We are here for you or anyone else to help you with your questions or problems
When does the season of spring start? It all depends. When does your relationship with God begin? The moment you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. If you are not a Christian, do it now. If you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, live your life as a child of the Almighty. Honor and glorify Him.
Peace and Blessings.
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