God is making you new!
‘Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God – what is good and acceptable and perfect.’ Romans 12: 2
‘Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.’ Psalm 51:10
Over the last two weeks I have been sitting on my back porch watching the plants push up from the winter. It seems that the area changes a little each day. Little buds are opening and flowers are adding color to the day. I can smell the lilacs from the corner of the yard. It is encouraging to see this process. It is a reminder of the cycle of renewal that we experience four times a year in this region.
We have just journeyed through Lent and the Easter Season with the hope of redemption. Being renewed is the promise of Christ. The Good News of the Gospel is that Christ is making us NEW. There is not a day that God does not give us opportunity to learn and grow, to bloom and become renewed.
This spring may we, as a worshipping community, be focused on renewal. May you feel the strength, the power, and the encouragement of Jesus as you reach out to serve and care for others.
May is a month of change. May is a month that new growth happens – things begin to bloom and become fulfilled. Let’s encourage each other so that each of us will be able to see the growth and the renewed life around us and within us. We need each other and we need the encouragers who help us to see.
God’s HOLY SPIRIT of renewal is ‘in’, ‘through’, and ‘around’ us always. FPC is a deepening/renewing place to be. Let’s work to be intentional about our goal to grow and deepen in our faith. May we look for growth and renewal, rebirth and redemption as we move through this month of May. And may each of you feel God’s encouragement in your life as you notice the gifts of God surrounding you each day.