Embracing Death for Life

by APC on September 02, 2015

Once again, we’re entering the Fall season—the landscape will become painted with beautiful hues of yellow, orange, and red. Nature will shed its yearly growth, don bare branches for the winter, and will once again come into full bloom during Spring.

We understand the turning of seasons to be a normal pattern—new life, sustained life, death, and a “hibernation” of sorts. Death in the Fall is truly a prerequisite for new life to grow in the Spring. We know this, accept this, and see it happen year after year.

We can learn much from the design perpetuated in Nature. God, in His omniscient state, invented concepts and patterns that were cross-applicable—He didn’t just implement the necessity of death and life in Nature; He created this for mankind as well.

While we chalk up death in Nature as a normalcy, we fight this concept in our own life. We don’t want to “let go” or allow anything to die. This is a natural order, ordained by God, but we dislike it!

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 (John 12:24, KJV).

We like our stuff, our ways, our personality, the way we do things—we like to hang on to what makes us who we are. But, who we are isn’t the best we can be. If any spiritual growth is to blossom in our life, we must die out to some things. There has to be death for life! We need to die out to human habits and impulses and adopt God’s presence, Word, and direction in our life.

Even if we have a relationship with the Lord, walk in His ways, and bear godly, spiritual fruit, there still needs to be death. We have difficulty embracing this concept because if something is good, why get rid of it? We must prune so more can grow!

Let’s think about Nature again—the necessity for death to allow new life—and consider why we prune trees. We prune trees to: remove dead/damaged branches; remove weak areas that will break in future growth; maintain a strong, safe structure; and also to stimulate growth.

Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away; and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit (John 15:2, KJV).

God will sometimes cause “death” to occur in our spiritual walk so we are able to experience spiritual growth. He purposes this death and growth so we are able to complete a greater work for His kingdom! Where we are weak, He wants to make us stronger. God desires for us to have deep/resilient faith and have power in our ministry! Our roots, branches, and fruit need to grow outward and upward!

Sometimes pruning restricts growth where it is undesirable. We may not have something in our life that is hurting our spiritual growth just yet—but God sees it in our prospective roadmap. Death may be required to prevent future growth in areas that the Lord wants to protect us from ever experiencing!

When we see the leaves start to fall outside our window, let it remind us that death is all a part of God’s ultimate plan. There is a season for everything as well as a purpose (Ecclesiastes 3:1). If we want life—in many areas of our life—there must be death. Let’s allow God to complete His perfect work in us so that new life can begin!