Have you ever been pleasantly surprised when looking through the window
to see snow falling and doing wondrous things outside? A dull and dreary day was
unexpectedly and suddenly transformed into an exciting, lovely, and beautiful
day. A drab landscape was turned into a delightful sight as it was blanketed with
snow. Bare and seemingly lifeless trees were turned into marvelous works of art
as they were decorated with brilliant white highlights.
Our own lives are
like that. Like the seemingly lifeless trees, we were once dead in our sins (Eph.
2:1). We were spiritually separated from God and His kingdom.
we were cleansed of our sins through faith in Jesus, and were made alive (Col.
1:13). No longer dark and bare trees, we were clothed in white. We had been given
the brilliant clothes of those who are in Christ (1 Cor. 6:11). We had become
beautiful works of art.
Also, as we are delighted to see a beautiful winter
scene, so God is delighted to see His work in our lives. We who once were unsightly,
being his enemies, have been marvelously transformed by His grace into children
of God (Rom. 5:10, John 1:12). And just as the trees did not cover themselves
with powdery snow, neither can we claim credit for our transformation (Eph. 2:8-9). It is the work of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
We can give
glory and thanks to God for what He has done in our lives. Because of His great
love, He did not abandon us in a dark and helpless condition. He did not leave
us in our sins, separated from Him. Instead, by His marvelous grace He changed
and transformed us. He gave us right standing before Him, and made us part of
His family. What a wonderful God!
May we allow the transformation in our
lives to be a testimony to others of God's work. For the celestial snow that has
fallen on our lives can fall anywhere. It can fall on other lives, changing souls.
It can fall in China, Russia, Afghanistan, and around the world. May we testify
with our words and our actions that God loves to change lives as His salvation
falls like snow on believing hearts (2 Cor. 5:20).
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