Spring and My Rebirth

Spring is Here!

Spring is such an exciting time for a gardener. Flowers are popping up everywhere; garden plans are on the forefront of the mind; the daylight time is lengthening; and birds are singing, and preparing their nests for the arrival of their offspring.

I suppose if I were to try and sum up spring in a single word it would be rebirth – a rebirthing of perennials, vegetation, gardens, and wildlife (or a life cycle continuation).

Spring’s Symbolism

Spring is also symbolic of what many people experience spiritually.

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A few weeks ago, someone asked me what I meant on Your Gardening Friend’s About page, where I mention, “I’m a born-again Christian…” Some of you are born-again Christians, so you know exactly what that means. For those who are not, I would LOVE to share and explain this.

When we’re physically born (our first birth) our spirit is dead, because of sin. Once we place our trust in Christ, our spirit is made alive in Christ (our second birth, or spiritual birth).

And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.
Colossians 2:13-14

It doesn’t matter how good I think I am, my goodness is like a filthy rag to God. Trusting in my goodness is self-righteousness, or pride. If we could be good enough to bring about our own righteousness, then Christ’s death (who was also buried and resurrected) was pointless and unnecessary.

As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one;…”
Romans 3:10

But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags;…
Isaiah 64:6a

“I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.”
Galatians 2:21

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.
Ephesians 2:8-9

However, God, in His amazing love, reaches out to us. IN SPITE of our rebellious hearts and our sinful condition, God provided a way for us to be in fellowship with Him. That way is Christ, His Son.

But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,…
Titus 3:4-5

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:8

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
John 14:6

What Must I Do To Be Saved?

To be a child of God, and have life everlasting, you must acknowledge your sinful condition and need for Christ’s righteousness. Simply place your faith COMPLETELY and ONLY in what Christ did. Christ paid the penalty IN FULL for your (and my) sins. (In the below verses, when the word Spirit is capitalized, it refers to God’s Spirit.)

And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”
Acts 16:30-31

Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. …unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”
John 3:3 & 5b-6

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” “He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”
John 3:16 & 36

More Posts on This Topic

Who Can Enter Heaven? Read about this @ The Importance of One
Holly @ Your Gardening Friend in Autumn And Our Mortality
Michele @ Frugal Granola in Place Your Hand In His
Clint Baker @ The Redeemed Gardener in Unlocking the Lock
Clint Baker @ The Redeemed Gardener in Are You a “Good Person”?

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13 comments to Spring and My Rebirth

  • Isn’t it a wonderful thing! It makes me speechless to see how much God loves us, John 3:16! God Bless you and your family!

  • What wonderful words to read this morning. Thank you!

  • Hello! Thanks for sharing about Jesus! He is what Spring, or any season for that matter, is all about! I just wanted to share that our 16 year old son got saved yesterday, right here in our home on the couch! It was a beautiful moment! We shared some of these scriptures with him and He accepted Jesus as his Saviour! I am so thankful that he made this decision at such a young age! I know God has a special plan for his life, no matter what that is! Blessings from Bama!

    • Holly

      That is sooo WONDERFUL!!! It’s such a great thing for parents to be the ones to shepherd and guide their children in these miraculous decisions. What a blessing.

      Thanks so much for sharing this with us, and I will be praying for your family. How truly exciting!! :)

  • Hello,
    Thank you so much for sharing this post with Home and Garden Thursday – I so hope it reaches many! There’s nothing more wonderful than to know you’ve been saved and forgiven by our LORD and the next best thing is to share it with others!
    God Bless,
    Kathy

    • Holly

      Thanks for hosting your weekly blog hop. I’m glad to share this great message, and I, too, hope it reaches many at just the right time in their life.

  • New follower…what a wonderful post and sharing about our faith! I am so happy to have found you! Come see my new blog The Thrifty Blog Frog http://thriftyfrogblog.blogspot.com.
    Huge green hugs,
    Pat @ Thrifty Frog Blog

  • Lisa Leslie

    Thank you for spreading the gospel of grace on your blog. So many “religious” people in their blogs talk about Jesus but tell you that there is something that you must do when Jesus has already DONE everything for us. We have to trust what He did. What a wonderful Savior! In spite of my sinful nature He loved me and gave Himself for me!

    • Holly

      Amen! What a wonderful Savior we serve. I’m so grateful my salvation does NOT rest on my shoulders. What a high price was paid for us!

      Your sister-in-Christ…

  • Dean Jordan

    Hi thanks for the grate site love it I live in the high desert of southern ca
    The dirt here needs a lot of work but with a little love and care and a daily prayer the dirt becomes soil and I can grow just about anything I just wanted to say thanks for the good work you are doing god bless

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