The core of fruits and vegetables of all types are the seeds. Apples and pears are a couple of examples. We eat the delicious and nutritional food surrounding the core. Then we come to the core where the seeds are. It is unappetizing, hard, and something we would not want to bite into, and if we did we would spit it out. Of course, we realize that the seeds are the source of the trees that brings the birth of new fruit. We are a lot like that; we have our fleshly outer core, the internal seed that might be unappetizing or looked at as having potential, and the renewal process within the sprit.
Sometimes we feel consumed, exhausted, and spent. Our fleshly outer core is being eaten alive by the wear and tear of the day to day bump and grind. That is a form of physical death that we are experiencing. It is not appetizing to eat, is hard, and we just want to spit those bitter experiences out of our life. We have just come to the seed of our inner core. It can transform the consumed flesh with spiritual life, or that hard seed can be considered worthless, agitating, and create the bitterness of unfruitful behavior. Whether that bitter-sweet seed becomes a nuisance or a source of inner renewal depends on our attitude. Faith, perseverance, patience, goodwill, and self-control will turn the death of the flesh into spiritual renewal of joy, peace, mercy, grace, and love.
Christ said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.” For sure, his body was eaten and consumed as he suffered the crucifixion. It was a bitter experience for him to swallow. As they planted the seed of his physically dead body in the tomb, he sprung forth with new life three days later. Christ in us has that resurrection power. When our flesh is consumed to death, and we know the nature of the implanted seed, we will rise in the renewal of spiritual life through faith.
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