Last month a very close aunt lost her short battle with ovarian cancer. As expected, it was an extremely difficult time for the family. Her son and daughter, 13-year-old twins, were left motherless. During her sickness, she asked one of her sisters to care for them in her absence. The day after the funeral, I remember having some “heated fellowship” with the newly elected caregiver regarding the daughter. She explained that she was going to need some help raising the 13-year-old because she had a bad attitude. In the heated moment, all I could think about was how this little girl must be hurting on the inside having just lost her mother and here was someone fussing about how bad her attitude was. At some point, I remember explaining to her that I truly believed the situation was less about her niece’s bad attitude and more about her developing her own patience and tongue control. Many times things (or people) have to die for other things to spring to life…
God created everything with a seed so that it would have the ability to self perpetuate. In other words, everything can produce itself over again. One of the greatest self-pollinators is the wheat seed. When describing His death, Jesus used this seed as an example. “Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to the world, it is never any more than a grain of wheat. But if it is buried, it sprouts and reproduces itself many times over.” John 12:24 MSG There are some areas in our lives that MUST be buried. Only then will new and better opportunities be produced for us over and over again and it goes much deeper than that. Our sacrifices are divinely connected to so many other people’s destinies. When we allow our selfish desires to die and the true purpose of our lives begins to flourish, so many others will be set free to begin to walk into their purpose. What if my aunt told her sister, “No, I have enough kids; I can’t handle yours as well?” What if Jesus decided that He didn’t want to endure that horrendous death? What if He used the power that we know He had to remove himself from that cross? We would not be able to live out the rights of John 10:10 and have LIFE and that more abundantly. His death brought us freedom! Likewise, I’m so convinced that although my aunt’s death deeply hurt us, it can bring life and freedom to many family issues. As I stated before, my aunt can use an ounce (or two) of patience and learn to make her words a bit sweeter—and that’s bringing her dead situation to LIFE! Similarly, my young cousin can definitely use an attitude adjustment –and that’s resurrecting her dead situation as well!
1 Corinthians 15:35 says “What you sow does not come to life until it dies.” (NIV) The harvest which is to come is far greater than the tiny wheat seed that will be sown. Choose today to take survey of the things and people in your life which require eulogies and burials. Go ahead and cry if you must, but fret not—it’s about to get better! After many funerals, tradition calls for the families to feast on a spread of food at the repast. Get ready—after you bury what MUST die, a bountiful harvest will be spread before you!
I ask that You show me the areas in my life that You are trying to forever bury. Give me the wisdom to know that these situations are dead and the will to lay them to rest. I don’t want to stifle the reproduction opportunities in my life. I thank You for giving me self-perpetuating abilities and I never want to take them for granted. I praise you in advance for the harvest that I am yet to experience! In Jesus’ name, Amen!
Today, EMPOWER yourself to be honest and identify dead situations that you are trying to hold onto. EMPOWER your future harvest by finally laying those dead situations to rest!
Written in memory of Rachel A. Nelson, one of my loudest cheerleaders!
Mrs. Kristen Harris is a wife, mother, entrepreneur and dedicated servant. She is extremely passionate about women’s spiritual advancement, hence the founding of EmpowerMoments. As an avid reader, Kristen enjoys reading the Bible more than anything. Her driving inspiration is when God says to her: “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) She currently resides outside of Chicago, Illinois with her wonderful husband and two lovely daughters where she is an active member of New Life Covenant Church.