God redeemed us to give life to others.
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To live on the plains of Colorado you need to like different shades of brown. In the winter even green is brown. So how does land on the east side of the Rockies get the name “Greenland”?
Spruce Mountain is a bluff that sits on the Palmer Divide. The Palmer Divide receives more precipitation than Colorado Springs: more snow in the winter and more rain in the summer. The grassy fields that surround Spruce Mountain are actually green in the summer.
You might consider Greenland as an oasis of life in the midst of death. That is our call as Christians; to be life in the midst of death.
Hours before experiencing death on the cross, Jesus told his disciples,
“Greater love has no one than this,
that someone lays down his life for his friends.
You are my friends if you do what I command you.”
John 15:13-14 English Standard Version
Kermit the Frog sang that it’s not easy being green. In a world where you and I experience many shades of brown, it’s difficult to live the life God created us to live.
Jesus experienced every shade of brown in his death for us; laying down his life on a dead tree. And in his death we have received life…and we give life; his life to a world dwelling in many shades of brown.
Consider this today: You give life to people by simply being what God redeemed you to be. You are an oasis of life in the midst of death.
Copyright Douglas P Brauner