“But someone may ask, “How will the dead be raised? What kind of bodies will they have?” What a foolish question! When you put a seed into the ground, it doesn’t grow into a plant unless it dies first. And what you put in the ground is not the plant that will grow, but only a bare seed of wheat or whatever you are planting. Then God gives it the new body he wants it to have. A different plant grows from each kind of seed. Similarly there are different kinds of flesh—one kind for humans, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish. There are also bodies in the heavens and bodies on the earth. The glory of the heavenly bodies is different from the glory of the earthly bodies. The sun has one kind of glory, while the moon and stars each have another kind. And even the stars differ from each other in their glory. It is the same way with the resurrection of the dead. Our earthly bodies are planted in the ground when we die, but they will be raised to live forever. Our bodies are buried in brokenness, but they will be raised in glory. They are buried in weakness, but they will be raised in strength. They are buried as natural human bodies, but they will be raised as spiritual bodies. For just as there are natural bodies, there are also spiritual bodies.” 1 Corinthians 15:35-44 NLT
What a message for the start of Spring. Just as the seasons change from Summer to Fall, Fall to Winter, and Winter to Spring there are the seasons of life. We spring forth, fresh and new. We grow up into the summer of life and our best years. Then we begin to fall away. Our lives become bitter in the cold of winter. It seems that life will never be the same again. We can't get our life back.
Life isn't ending. The seed we are now is about to be planted in the ground. The process of spiritual germination is about to take place. You see, unless we let go of the seed in our hand, we will never see what lives inside that seed. Inside the seed is life yet to be realized. It must be planted in the ground and die. Once it dies it sprouts forth from beneath the soil and becomes what it is created to be. Only then can it's true life be realized.
As long as we are in this body, we cannot see what truly lives within us. God has placed inside of every born again believer eternal life. Only when we die will we experience the bursting forth of the life within.
Resurrection day is coming! Don't hold onto what you can't keep. Let go of the temporary life we now live and embrace the eternal life that lies ahead. When we do this, we truly begin to live in the here and now in its proper perspective.
Prayer for today: Father, in Jesus name, help me to never be afraid to die. True life isn't what I see, rather, what I have yet to see. By Jesus death, burial, and resurrection I am alive forevermore!!!
Rev. Curtis Norris