As fall is here among us and the leaves are continuing to fall I was reminded of that one oak tree in the back yard. You know the one. The one that sheds it branches all summer… then when it comes time to shed its leaves just won’t let go. I often wait and wait for the leaves to come down because, let’s face it, no one wants to do a job twice, but they don’t seem to fall. They just hang on the branches. No particular reason… They have outlived their usefulness. They no longer take nutrients from the tree. They just hang there shriveled up and looking bleaker and bleaker as the days go by.
Kind of reminds me of my own life. There are things that were once useful that no longer have any use. There are also other thoughts and attitudes about myself, others and God that are incorrect, old, useless… Yet they seem to hang on to my life. Holding me back from what God truly wants to do in my life. We are reminded in Scripture that we are a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). The old has gone and the new has come. Notice the old must go, the old leaves need to fall to the ground, in order for the new to come, the new leaves to come out.
I am reminded continually that in order to live the life God has given for me to live I must
“throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us (Hebrews 12:1b)
Let’s not let the thoughts and patterns of our old life hang around. Let us ask God for the power of the Holy Spirit to renew our hearts and minds and whole lives for the glory of His Kingdom. Out with the old and in with the new.
In Christ, Pastor Jeff
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