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“The flowers appear on the earth; 

the time of the singing of birds is come, 

and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land.” 

Song of Solomon 2:12

 

The other day I mowed my yard for the first time this Spring, which has been a long time in coming.

 

Spring is a great blessing for those of us who live in northern habitats.  

 

Yesterday I commented to my wife, “I do not understand why everyone says Minneapolis is such a great place to live.  They just had another blizzard.”

 

Today a friend told me, “You will love Minneapolis in their Spring, which runs from their last snow to their first.”

 

Spring is the season which lifts our spirits, as we see tangible evidence of resurrection and restoration.  Life can and does come from that which is dreary and appears dead.  

 

The farmer’s seeds are dead in the air, but become life when planted in warming damp soil.  Flowers hide their colorful petals until a warm sun coaxes them out from winter’s cover.

 

What about your soul, your faith, and your spirits.  Has your heart been wandering through a long winter’s night, lost in a maze of darkness and shadows?

 

If so, bring life to your heart by exposing yourself to the warmth and sunshine of God’s grace and Word.

 

Charles Spurgeon offers this prayer to coax a wintering heart into jubilant faith:

O Lord, if it be not spring time in my chilly heart, I pray Lord make it so, for I am weary of living at a distance from You.  Bring an end to the long and dreary winter of my heart and soul.  Come, Holy Spirit, and renew my soul, live in my heart, restore my faith, and have mercy on me! Amen. (1)

 

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(1) Charles H. Spurgeon, Morning and Evening: Daily Readings, Complete and unabridged; New modern edition. (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2006).

 

 

 

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“We must understand the difference between

what is priceless and what is cheap,

what is important and what is trivial.” (1)

Who said this and when?

Based on the success of MasterCard’s ad campaign, I suspect many would guess that these famous words were pinned by a savvy copy-writer for a New York Ad Agency.  Instead, these words were penned by Martin Luther in the 1520’s.

Luther was discussing how we are saved by God’s grace, as opposed to our good works.  Luther considered God’s grace as priceless, more valuable than anything we can earn, do, or purchase.

It is God’s priceless grace, rather than our good works which save us.

Most Christians drive themselves to frenzied exhaustion trying to make sure that they have done just enough good things in their life to secure the forgiveness of their sins and eternal life.  Luther drove himself into this frenzy before he understood that we are only saved by grace.  It was then that he learned that the priceless life comes when we live from God’s grace, rather than for His grace.

Seven hundred years before the birth of Jesus, in Isaiah 55:1-2, God extended this priceless invitation to us:

“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters;

and you who have no money,come, buy and eat!

Buy wine and milk without money and without cost.  

Why spend money on what is not bread, 

and your labor on what does not satisfy? 

Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,

and you will delight in the richest of fare.” (2)

If you align yourself with God, you can sort out what is important and what is not. It is then, and only then, that you can live a priceless life.

In writing about the Apostle’s Paul joy in his service for God, Margaret Bottome wrote, “To Paul doing Christ’s work was his earthly pay, but gaining Christ’s smile was heaven.”  (3)

Luther, Isaiah, and Paul knew what was priceless.

Do you?

(1) Luther, Martin. Faith Alone: A Daily Devotional (p. 41). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.
(2) The New International Version (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2011)
(3) Reimann, Jim; Cowman, Mrs. Charles E.. Streams in the Desert (p. 69). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.

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