What do you know about farming? Do you know the seed is far different than the plant that grows? Have you ever planted a crop of corn or beans? Have you watered and fed a seed or young plant in order to help it grow into maturity?
Planting seeds has been an ongoing task since the beginning of human history. The seed is often small in comparison to the plant and the fruit it produces. The seed is also typically considerably different than the plant.
If you have planted a garden with a variety of vegetables or flowers, you know the difference in the seeds. The corn seed is dramatically different from the petunia seed. The bean seed is different from the sunflower seed. Typically, each plant then produces both fruit and seeds. The fruit is enjoyed, either eaten as food or seen as beauty; the seeds produced are planted again the next year. But the seed itself must die to create the abundace.
Jesus came to be the seed of God. When He died for the forgiveness of our sins, He produced a large crop of new seeds. Those seeds are His followers. Each of those seeds continue to be planted and have the opportunity to produce additional seeds. Are we being productive seeds that produce fruit and new seeds?
Jesus also changed when He died. He changed from a physical body to a spiritual, perfect body. We also will be changed when we die. The spiritual body isn’t an ephemeral, ghostly body, but a physical body. However, it is a different physical body than the one we know today. Do we know what our new body will be like? No, not really. We do know we will be like Jesus.
I pray we all bear good fruit from this life. I pray we produce new seeds with the life we have been given. I pray each one of us look forward to the new body we will have upon our death. Produce good fruit. Produce more seeds. Look to perfection. Look to being like Jesus.
John 12:24 “Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.”