Like Jude, my heart often desires to write more uplifting articles that depict the wonderful life of believers in Christ, but because there are so many individuals who are turning/falling away from the faith and living selfish, greedy, grouchy, protesting, full of hate lives, I am compelled, like Jude, to warn these people of the growing apostasy in today’s institutional “church.” Also Like Jude, I am compelled to challenge all believers to earnestly contend for the faith.
Being spiritual means that a born again, saved believer now is more concerned about the well-being of his or her soul, the Mercy and Grace of God, and the importance of eternity, as opposed to his or her carnal concerns about the pleasures of the flesh; the profits of money, fame, and material possessions; the restrictions of time; and/or the limitations of the five senses (seeing, tasting, feeling, smelling, and hearing).
Nature not only depicts how this old Earth renews itself but also nature reflects how humans renew themselves through their natural nightly sleep and restoration, and daily waking patterns. Nature also mirrors the supernatural (spiritual life). Just as the Earth dies each Fall, sleeps throughout Winter, awakens in Spring, and ripens during Summer, we who have been born again and saved from the wrath of God yet to come upon this old Earth not only must die daily, but also we must face many dying, resting, blossoming, and maturing seasons in our own lives.