Hydrangea Evangelism by Julie Arduini

This has been the best summer for my flowers yet. My roses bloomed for a straight month, and I see round two is coming up. I’ve had roses bloom as late as November before. The one showcase has been the hydrangeas.

We’ve lived at our current location for seven years and this is the first year I’ve seen so many blooms, and so many colors. One was even a hybrid of purple and blue. I held it close and thanked God for His creativity. These flowers are gorgeous.

As I admired them, I got thinking how this year’s crop reminds me of entering a relationship with Jesus. Many get tripped up thinking it’s impossible because there isn’t a lot of “doing.” It’s faith. It’s believing. It’s confessing and proclaming. It’s so easy I know people who have dismissed it because a free gift is too much for them. They feel either a trick will come later, or, they are too unworthy now to accept such a thing.

Here’s the deal with the hydrangeas. I’ve done zero to get this beauty in my yard. ZERO. Less than zero, actually. When we moved here I said the landscaping intimidated me. There is a lot and I’m not a garden person. I don’t find enjoyment weeding, mulching, or any of it. I hate it.

Confession?

I refused to re mulch because there is so much, and it ends up being so expensive, that I let the grass come back and I mow the area. I can hear gardeners groaning now. I’m looking into stone or something that is no maintenance, but when I say I’ve done nothing to earn these flowers, believe it.

Yet, there they are. With the roses. The lilacs were gorgeous. A great year for the peonies. So much brilliance and fragrance and I didn’t lift a finger to make it happen.

If you’ve rejected a relationship with Jesus for fear later down the road Jesus is going to really stick it to you, or you think there is no way salvation is that easy, let my hydrangeas be a visual for you.

—Julie Arduini

Someone did the work on those flowers, but it wasn’t me.

Someone did make a way for you to enjoy eternity in heaven, and it isn’t you.

Jesus did all the work on the cross. He came to earth in the form of man and faced every temptation and hardship yet He did not sin. When the religious wanted Him dead, the crucifixion experience was so violent He was unrecognizable. He could have called on an army of angels to stop it all, but He did not.

He did the work for your eternal enjoyment.

Is my life easy and pain free because I asked Jesus into my life and proclaimed Him as my Savior? You’ve probably read my previous posts. No. I’ve struggled and sinned as much as anyone. But He is the way, the truth, and life. I am so thankful the process doesn’t involve earning my way to heaven because I’d never ever get there. Neither would you.

So, accept the gift that is free and ask Jesus to be in your life. Admit you are a sinner and confess those sins. Proclaim Jesus is Lord. That He was born of a virgin and lived a perfect life. That He was crucified, and rose on the third day. He arose and now sits in Heaven. When He returns to earth, know it will not be as a helpless baby, but as King of Kings.

And stop and enjoy the flowers you see along the way.

About juliearduini

Julie Arduini loves to encourage readers to find freedom in Christ by surrendering the good, the bad, and ---maybe one day---the chocolate. She’s the author of the contemporary romance series SURRENDERING TIME, (Entrusted, Entangled, Engaged,) as well as the stand-alone novellas, MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN and RESTORING CHRISTMAS. She also shares her story in the infertility devotional, A WALK IN THE VALLEY. Her other latest release, YOU’RE BRILLIANT, is for girls ages 10-100, written with her teenaged daughter, Hannah, and is book 3 in their SURRENDERING STINKIN’ THINKIN’ series. She blogs every other Wednesday for Christians Read, as well as monthly with Inspy Romance. She resides in Ohio with her husband and two children. Learn more by visiting her at http://juliearduini.com, where she invites readers to opt in to her content full of resources and giveaway opportunities.
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