These are the personal thoughts that filtered through my personal time of meditation this morning. If you have ever felt or still feel like this, I pray that this will be a blessing to you.
But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?” Fool! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. And as for what you sow, you do not sow the body that is to be, but a bare seed, perhaps of wheat or of some other grain. But God gives it a body as he has chosen, and to each kind of seed its own body. Not all flesh is alike, but there is one flesh for human beings, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish. There are both heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is one thing, and that of the earthly is another. There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; indeed, star differs from star in glory.
So it is with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable, what is raised is imperishable. It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. It is sown a physical body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a physical body, there is also a spiritual body. Thus it is written, “The first man, Adam, became a living being”; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. But it is not the spiritual that is first, but the physical, and then the spiritual. The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven. As was the man of dust, so are those who are of the dust; and as is the man of heaven, so are those who are of heaven. Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we will also bear the image of the man of heaven.
What I am saying, brothers and sisters, is this: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Listen, I will tell you a mystery! We will not all die, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For this perishable body must put on imperishability, and this mortal body must put on immortality.
When this perishable body puts on imperishability, and this mortal body puts on immortality, then the saying that is written will be fulfilled:
“Death has been swallowed up in victory.”
“Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?”
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore, my beloved, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord, because you know that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
I cannot begin to express how difficult life is been over the last year. I have attempted to make sense of all that I’ve had to do. I have tried with my whole heart to figure out why my heart, my mind, and my soul have been grieved. Now I get it. The challenge is been to become the man that I was meant to be, not the man that everybody wanted me to be.
When I began reading scripture this morning, I began to realize that everything that I’ve been through for the last year was nothing more than a seed. Seeds do not live in order to live again, but seeds live in a state of constant death in order to live.
What do I mean by that? I mean a seed has no capability unless it it enters into the ground, is watered, and stays under ground until something breaks forth from its shell. It’s in a constant state of pressure with the hope that it will produce what it is intended to produce.
The last 35 years of my life have been nothing more than a bag of seed. I’ve been sowing my heart, my mind, my spirit, and my energy into people, institutions, jobs, and other elements of life. The season has come for fruit to come forth.
I said to some people, via social media, that my season is now to assess all my relationships, my production, and my partnerships. I’ve come to the place where I want to be productive and prosperous not just tangibly but spiritually, emotionally, and mentally.
I no longer want to be seen as the young man that is grown up in a neighborhood. I want to be seen as the man that God gave not only gifts but sensibilities in order to enhance his community. Today I declare that my life and my everything will finally be resurrected into a new life. My existence will no longer be defined by what others have said by how devalued my life is been in the eyes of others. My life will finally begin for the very first time. It’s Resurrection time!