2 Corinthians 9:9-11

9 As it is written, “He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.” 10 He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.

In order for seeds, new life, to be brought to maturity, something must die. We see this expressed in our lives in so many ways. Whether through the challenges of marriage, where we learn that to live together in true harmony we must regularly die to ourselves, submitting our individual desires and plans to those that serve the partnership best. We see it in parenting as we learn (especially at first!) through crash course that we lay our pre-kid lives down as something that, in a very real sense, must die in order that we might raise those little seeds into seedlings and then into trees. And we see this, perhaps in its most crystalline form, in the crucible of suffering. We see how Jesus, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief, suffered in life and in death that through his suffering, many would be brought to glory.

We are called to be fruitful, bearing fruit in keeping with repentance. Why do you think we are called to be fruitful? Is the fruit we bear intended merely to make us look more lovely and put together? Friends, the fruit he forces in us is not merely for our beautification. Fruit is meant to feed those in our vicinity. God wants to feed those he puts in your sphere of influence with the fruit he produces in you through all the means he chooses. But have you watched a fruit tree throughout its seasons? All of the fruit is not eaten. Some of it falls to the ground, either from age or storm or too heavy a yield. Some of the fruit you bear, you see, even that which appears to be wasted, is intended for the next wave of the harvest. Some of those seeds may be carried elsewhere and planted by another, growing to bear its own fruit… we cannot know the far reaching impact of the fruit God produces in our lives as we die daily to ourselves and our own wills in its production.

This is what it means that he provides both seed for the sower in addition to the immediate source of strength the fruit supplies. You can think of it another way. He allows the tiny little krill to multiply to such a degree that there is enough krill for the largest beasts of the ocean to consume their fill and still enough krill to grow to maturity and produce more krill. It always amazes me as I look at nature and see the ways he shows us pictures of how His kingdom works. Every part of this world is screaming his purpose and glory, even the hard parts that are brought about purely due to the evil of mankind, because he is a redeeming God.

God will not waste anything he allows you to endure. And the good harvest he brings will extend beyond what you can see or comprehend. It will not return void. Hold onto that.

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