With the fading of the last winters snow the firm crusty soil begins to absorb the bright rays of the sun, warming the once frozen ground, thus beginning the awakening of the dormant vegetation. Seemingly unaware to the naked eye, yellow-green shoots forge their way out of the bed in which they were hibernating, announcing the beginning of all things new. The anticipation of the newness of Spring fills ones heart with the promise of beauty, purpose and fulfillment. Horticulture hobbyists eagerly begin tilling, mulching and fertilizing the soil to ensure the most beautiful and healthiest harvest. And so it is with the heart of mankind, as all things become new upon salvation.
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17. The salvation experience is immediate when one confesses their sins and ask Jesus to save them, however, as a newborn babe in Christ, the growth process is not unlike that of the tender fresh vegetation of springtime. The warmth from the Son has awakened the dormancy of our soul to the newness in Christ Jesus. One begins to grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord.
As with all forms of maturation, nutrition is needed to enable healthy growth, The fertilizing food of the Word of God is the nutrition which enables the purpose of the Believer to become a reality. Just as a physician does not use a mechanics manual to treat his patients, a Christian needs to look into the Living Word of God to feast upon His Word. A devotional book is a helpful tool in assisting growth, however maturity can only come from eating the Word of God. Jeremiah 15:16 “Thy Words were found and I did eat them“. Memorizing Scripture is like adding heavenly fertilizer to the soil of ones heart. We are commanded to hide God’s Word in our heart………so that we may grow and not sin.
The tender plants must forge their way through hard clay encumbered with stones and debris. The wise gardener will take heed to loosen the soil so that the impediments for growth will be diminished. God allows the trowel of trials to break-up the hardness of a heart so that the fruit of the Spirit will have freedom to mature. Left unattended, the medium for spiritual growth will be choked by the influence of worldly dogma. God purges us that we may bring forth more fruit.
Now He that planteth and He that watereth are one………1 Corinthians 3:8. It is our Savior that planteth the seed of salvation within our heart and it is the Holy Spirit that watereth the seed by opening our understanding to the truths in the Bible that we may blossom in our Christian walk. A blossom is specifically created to bring forth a particular kind of fruit. We are reminded in Matthew 7:18.. that by their fruit ye shall know them. Having been born-again, we have become new creations in Christ Jesus. He is the vine and we are the branches; we cannot bear spiritual fruit unless we are grafted into the Vine. Some of us will produce the blossom of a preacher, or the blossom of a teacher, but all of us will have the blossom of an evangelist. May we feed upon the Word of God that we may become all things new for His glory and honor!