The wind picked up while I was swimming this morning. Some leaves were blown into the water. I observed them as they floated around me. Some of the leaves were still green, some were completely brown, and some were half green and half brown. There were many different shapes and sizes. I was fascinated by them. Each was unique and perfectly designed.
As I prayed and pondered, I was reminded that although the leaves were beautiful, they were dead. They no longer served their intended purpose. They are no longer helped the plant they had once shared life with. The plant could no longer provide the nourishment and support to the leaves.
I began to think about the people that blow in and out of my life every day. Many are spiritually dead. Each is unique. Each one is created by God Almighty and they all display His handiwork. They are beautiful.
Nevertheless, if they don’t know Jesus as their savior, they are dead, spiritually dead. They are floating through life, blown by the wind, disconnected from the Source of Life. Some still seem fresh, they may not even look dead yet. Others have had most of the life sucked out of them and they are dry. Sin has taken a toll on them. They are unable to fulfill the purpose for which they were created. Because of their deadness, they do not give God glory or enjoy Him.
But there is good news for those that are spiritually dead. God wants to do a miraculous work and make them alive in Him. He will be their nourishment and support. “For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” “Sir,” they said, “always give us this bread.” Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” (John 6:33–35, NIV) It is a free gift.
Once I was floating around dead in my trespasses and sin. Someone shared the good news of Jesus free gift with me. “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.” (Ephesians 2:4–5, NIV) I am no longer disconnected from the source of life and nourishment. I have eternal life.
I am thankful for life in Jesus. I am thankful that someone noticed me being blown around by life, disconnected from God. I will be eternally grateful that they shared the good news of Jesus with me.
Lord Jesus, as I go through life today, let me notice those that are drifting aimlessly blown about by the winds of this world. Let me see beyond their beauty, intricate design, and uniqueness. Give me a concern for their eternal life. Help me to share with them about the source of life and nourishment. Let me speak boldly about Jesus.