Is it a coincidence that Easter is in the spring? Of course not! The symbolism is staggering. The rebirth of the land; flowers, new leaves, planting season… the proverbial spring lambs and chicks, birds nesting… Ah, Spring!
What is the symbolism to a Christian? The resurrection, the “born again” experience, (necessary for believers) and baptism, are all symbolic of the righteousness of Christ and fulfillment of God’s promise. What we do with this and how we view the promise is up to us. Our free will is constant in our walk towards Christ. Sanctification is a continual process, one in which our participation is not just needed but required.
How are we sanctified? This process of growth is a willful freeing of ourselves from the world around us and our daily immersion in things of God. Sanctification comes when we read God’s Word, when we pray, when we study and council with other believers. It is the work of the Holy Spirit. It comes when we stop struggling against a habit or a thought and turn it over to God. It is the place we stand, when we are in that valley experience, and still cling to the truth that God is with us. Sanctification and spring, each comes in their season, each comes with a predictability that blesses us with abundance.
It is for that abundant life, the renewal of the earth and our spirit, that we wait. We are told in scripture to wait on the Lord, to walk, to run, to sit, to stand and most importantly to know. Do we? Do we, through sanctification, renew our spirits, rejoice in the spring time of our lives that comes when we look, and see, and know that God is? He has given us so much and in this season of new hope, let us look at the abundance around us. Along with the new buds and spring flowers, do we see, with joy, the gifts that are around us?
We are wealthy beyond our dreams. Look around. Is that house, big or small, a blessing? What about the clothes you are wearing; the job that you have, can you see the blessings the abundance that you live in every day?
Look at the people in your life and see how abundant they are. Friends, family, brothers & sisters in Christ, each bringing who they are to you, to fill you up with their love and joy and needs and opinions and pain. If they allow you to know them, if you strive to know them, you will be sanctified. Christ came knowing all of us. He knows our every need and he sees us as we are, can we do less?
Be sanctified and with each step you will be given the abundance of a life full of God’s gifts. Be sanctified and the pain that you suffer today will be the gift you can give to another in the future; help them understand and show them God’s grace. Be sanctified and rest in the abundance of this very moment. Rejoice in today, tomorrow and in the eternal abundant future with Christ. Look, see and rejoice!