MERIDIAN MINUTE no. 4DEATH and LIFE:
"We always carry around in our body
the death of Jesus,
so that the life of Jesus
may also be revealed in our body.” 2 Corinthians 4:10
WRAPPING MY MIND around this verse’s concept does not come easy–at least it takes some doing. It lends itself to contemplation. It appears this verse is saying that when Christ's life is revealed in my body, His death must be in me, too. Wow! Pretty fantastic words. Remember the saying, You may be the only book someone reads. There are many similar sayings. Your actions speak louder than your words. Let your light shine so others can see it. Jesus, Others, and You...what a wonderful way to spell J-O-Y! These are a bit of a stretch, but it seems that the point is hidden in their words. When someone dies to self because new life has come in, it then becomes Jesus’ life in them. His nature is revealed in the recipient. It is a regenerating process.
In nature each seed is part of a process of death. The seed is dead, if nothing activates it the seed will remain dead. Within this dead seed there is also “life.” A miracle takes place, it will spring to life when moisture softens and penetrates the seed's layers until the little kernel begins to sprout a
sprout. The sprout sprouts in two ways,
sprouting a root that heads one direction, sprouting a stem with miniature buds. Leaves will
begin to emerge as it sprouts to life into an amazing creative living form. A sprout to the glory of God! (Like the sprouts?) In gardening
it is a thrill when the plant begins its journey as it bursts through the soil to reach up toward the sunlight. A resurrection process that plays itself over and over again with similarities to the human soul.