I know. For most people, that’s probably a no-brainer about plants and other forms of physical life. But it’s true of spiritual life, too. Have you ever noticed the pattern and progression of God’s creation in Genesis 1?
The Lord made all plants to bear fruit by seed-bearing “according to its kind” (Genesis 1:11-12) and birds and fish “according to its kind” (Genesis 1:21) and all creatures on the land “according to their kinds” (Genesis 1:24). And then He created Man “in our image” (Genesis 1:26). Tomatoes are to bear the fruit of more tomatoes, and lions are to bring forth more lions. But you and I are to make more people in God’s image – and not merely by physical propagation.
Scripture is very clear that God calls some people, like the Apostle Paul, to singleness (1 Corinthians ). And, for His unknown but good reasons, He made some unable to have children (Matthew 11:12 and elsewhere). He’s primarily talking about spiritual like that comes from His Spirit and Word in us and discipleship: teaching, helping, and encouraging each other to follow Christ by faith. The Bible even refers to God’s Word and Spirit as “seed” in His people (Luke 8:11, 1 John 3:9, etc.) and His “planting” His people (Psalm 80:8, Ezekiel 19:13, Jeremiah 2:21, etc.).
What does this mean for us?
It reminds us of our most simple and essential purpose of life: to be as God is – relational, pure, caring for others, to love what He loves, to do what He does, and all for His glory. Yet, as Scripture clearly shows later, each of us has rebelled against our perfect Creator. We’ve sought our purpose in personal achievements, pleasing ourselves or other people, building material wealth, etc. And each of these can be fine when they are for the purpose of honoring the Lord. But they must not consider His seeds as ultimately for us.
God created us, and He re-creates every Christian as His seed and harvest for His pleasure. Think about it. Our true Life begins with His seed, and the Lord will delight in His harvest!
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