Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die: 1 Co 15:36
This verse seems to be simple enough but in our culture I am afraid some of us have fallen for the idea that we can live as we are and somehow be living a yielded life. When the writer made this statement to these people it would have been obvious to those who heard him that the very Idea was ridiculous. Not so today in a culture where we are so far removed from “seed time and harvest” that many of us don’t think any more of how it is that we are fed. We tend to think of food as coming from some sort of mass production facility somewhere next to where they make cell phones or computers.
Believe it or not with all the wonders of modern society food is still grown in much the same way. Someone makes the decision that a portion of what we might consume as food is set aside for “Seed” and at the proper time the seed is planted, in Faith, believing that in due time it will produce a great harvest. Year after year, decade after decade, century after century, millennium after.. well you get the idea. Some things just don’t change. My favorite scripture on this truth is found in Genesis 8:22 While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease. God gave us a very specific promise that as long as the earth remains we can depend on this to be true.
In the same way that this is true for food Paul tells the Corinthian church that it is also true of our lives as Christians. Simply speaking we must lead a yielded life, we must die to the old life with its former lusts and be “Born Again”.
The best news comes a few verses later.
1Co 15:42-44 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:
It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
When we die to self and leave behind the old man we can depend on God to fulfill his promise and raise us to new life in him. Praise God.