Fall is a time for the change of season. No more beach weather, no more going to the pool. It is now time for the changing of the leaves, hot apple cider, and hoodies. It is the time for bonfires and too many smores. It is the time to enjoy actually getting outside your house and talking to your neighbors. It is my favorite time of the year.
As we move into the fall, I cannot help but think what this fall will bring. This fall, what changes will happen in our hearts? Will we be the same people we have been year after year, or will we be different? And if something new happens in our hearts and lives, what will cause it?
It is ironic that we love the beauty of the changing of the leaves during fall. This beauty is actually death. The leaves wither, and die. And yet, we see them as we drive where I live (in the Ozarks), as beauty.
Think about that for a minute-death is beauty to us. For our lives, though, most of us would not categorize death as beauty. Yet, it seems that the scriptures point directly to this. Death being beauty is the Gospel. Galatians 2:20 suggests this.
"I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." Galatians 2:20
The Christian life can be summed up in one word-SURRENDER. The scriptures call us to great surrender. The scriptures call us to surrender ALL. Not 10%. Not until it hurts just a bit. They call us to surrender ALL. We are to surrender our comfort, our desires, our identity, our very being. We are called to surrender our self-sufficiency. We are called to surrender of rational minds. We are called to surrender it all. We are called to surrender it to a Savior and Lord who desires to use us for his Glory.
If we are men and women who are surrendered, we will pursue Christ, and He will be at the top of our list.
This fall, as the leaves change and the firepits begin to rise, let us think differently about our lives. They are not ours. We were bought with a price. And it was a gloriously wonderful price. The beauty that comes from surrender (death to self) is more precious than any beauty we can find. It is eternal, and everlasting.
How will we pursue Christ this fall that will testify to the grace which has called us?
Matthew is 34 years old and currently lives in St Louis, Missouri with his wife Leslie. He serves as the Associate Pastor at The Groves Church, in Webster Groves, Missouri.