Strolling through farmers markets this time of year is always exciting and full of endless possibilities. I especially love tomatoes, peaches and watermelons. Local produce will now begin to appear in abundance, and we can obtain it at its freshest and best.
But when most markets opened in May, this wasn’t the case. Most of the tomatoes available were either shipped in from farms farther south or were a bit too early and disappointing. Peaches and watermelons were out of the question. When markets close in late October, we will again see imports or the tag end produce of the growing season, and these won’t be so attractive, either.
Summer is when “old things are passed away” and “all things are become new” for my favorite local fruits and vegetables. Not surprisingly, amid these heaps of turnips and unshucked corn are parallels we can draw to the Christian life.
God requires each person to respond to the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and our response will define our lives for now and eternity. The call is to see ourselves as God sees us: sinful by nature and origin. Paul quotes from Psalms 14:3 in Romans 3:12: “All have turned away; all alike have become useless. There is no one who does what is good, not even one.”
Before we despair, God has redeemed those who trust in Christ. 1 Corinthians 6:11 gives hope to each person who believes: “But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”
Jesus said in John 10:10, “I have come that they might have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” The abundant life is one with a purpose and a hope for life after death. It is filled with a close communion with God and a confidence in his love throughout our earthly walk.
Eat the freshest spiritual food at the peak of its taste and vitality. It is new every day. A close walk with God is the best that there is for your life.
Live in the summer of his light and love and in the confidence that he has made provision for our failures, sacrificing himself for our redemption.
Andy Holder is one of 13 Faith Walk writers for The Star. To reach him, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Star is beginning the process of picking new Faith Walk writers. Those interested in producing four columns in the next 12 months should contact Darryl Levings at email@example.com.