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May You Never Look At A Fallen Leaf The Same Again…

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The fall season is one of my favorite times of the calendar year.  It signals a time for children and teens to return to school, a new year for your favorite football team, lower temperatures and a morning crisp to the air, harvesting of apples, just about all things pumpkin at my local Dunkin’ Donuts and my favorite… the breathtaking views of a canopy of leaves in orange, yellow, purple and reds.

Today I noticed that leaves are beginning to show their beauty of colors here in West Tennessee.  As I looked upon one tree in particular I thought to myself, what an awesome God we serve.  Even when God created something to go dormant for a season, He decided to allow the process to be a blessing for our eyes.  Then I thought about  how much a Christian’s life is just like a tree who sheds it’s leaves.  2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”

As Christians we are like the trees God has created, but not like the tree of the fall.  We are like trees of the spring!  If you are in Christ your old leaves, old man or self of sin (Romans 6:6), have fallen from you in the waters of baptism and you are now a new tree, or “new creature,” in Christ.

Let me ask you a question.  Have you ever seen your neighbor rake up the fallen leaves or have you been the one who labored removing the old leaves?  Have you ever seen a neighbor or have you ever tried placing those fallen leaves back on the tree from which they fell?  Sounds silly, right!  Of course that sounds absurd.  Once we remove the fallen leaves from our yards we either burn them, cut them up or have them hauled away, never to be seen again.  Sounds like the logical thing to do with leaves that the tree no longer needs.

Since our logical minds are at work answering questions, let’s try answering one more.  If you are a Christian who has repented of sins and has been baptized, have you properly removed your old “leaves” (sins) from your life?  Or are you still picking them out of the waters of baptism and nailing them back to your new creation Christ has created in you?

Friends, Paul wrote in Romans 6:1-6 that a disciple of Christ should not continue in the same sins that “fell off” during your baptism.  In verse 4 Paul writes, “…as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.”  Verse 6 says “…our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin“.  The next time we consider taking up a sin and placing it back on our souls (the “new creature” in Christ), please consider the trees of the fall season.  No one in their right mind would pick up the fallen leaves and place them back on a tree that will create new leaves in the spring.  Nor should we as Christians pick up our “old self” and place it back onto the “new creature” Christ has created in us through salvation.

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  1. blhambek@cpws.net
    October 30, 2013 at 6:03 am

    Very good thoughts – and beautiful picture!

  2. Ralph Walker
    December 21, 2013 at 10:53 am

    I believe that picture is of the Vaiduct on the Blue Ridge Parkway, going around Grandfather Mountain in NC. Not really close to W. TN, is it?
    Still, your points are well taken and valuable to us all. Thank you, Adam.

    • December 21, 2013 at 10:58 am

      My wife went to college close to the Blue Ridge Parkway, so she voted on using that exact picture. No, mountains do not really exist in West TN! Thanks for reading and the comments.

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