Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” – John 11:25-26
So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! – 2 Corinthians 5:17
This morning I am finally beginning to believe that fall has arrived to stay. Coffee on the deck, wearing a light jacket because it’s still only 59-degrees, watching leaves begin to change and fall, taking in deep breaths of deliciously fresh air.
Change! You can feel it all around. Spring; Summer; Fall; Winter; Spring again. Change is one of the most compelling signs of life. The end of one season is always the beginnings of the next, because “the stuff of life” by definition has to grow and bloom and replicate and cycle through and come to its end in order for something new to be born. Regeneration (the formation of something new) is not the same as reanimation (simply restoring back to life).
This time of the year reminds me that God’s way is always New Life – both creation and regeneration. The breath of the Spirit does so much more than stasis or maintenance, or even bringing back from the dead; God is in the business of taking the raw material of who we are and regenerating life that is both rooted in what brought us to this point and moving into something previously unimagined.
Reanimation (what Jesus did with Lazarus in John 11) is -essentially – temporarily winding the clock backward. Resurrection is all about moving forward into what is possible in response to Jesus – “I am the resurrection and the life!” “In Christ there is a new creation!” – For regeneration there needs, first, to be an ending. Fall does not just look to Winter but fall is the raw material of Spring.
So I wonder, while I am drawing in deep breaths and filling my lungs with cool air, what is going to be regenerated somewhere down the road… and I wonder what – first – is going to have to come to an end?
In the regenerative and promise-laden name of Jesus – DEREK
- For regeneration there needs, first, to be an ending. Fall does not just look to Winter but fall is the raw material of Spring.
- The breath of the Spirit does so much more than stasis or maintenance, or even bringing back from the dead; God is in the business of taking the raw material of who we are and regenerating life that is both rooted in what brought us to this point and moving into something previously unimagined.
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.