Precious Kernels of Wheat – My Daily Bread!
Our call to rejoice in our Lord is taken from Jude 20-21, NIV, which reads:
“But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit. Keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.”
What a powerful passage of faith expressing itself in hope! In two simple sentences all the words that sum up our faith in Christ are contained: holy, faith, pray, Holy Spirit, God’s love, mercy, Lord Jesus Christ and eternal life! Our minds and hearts can’t help but be drawn to God and His indescribable Gift of His Son who bore our sins that we might attain to His presence one day! For is this not what this life is all about – a journey to God? But every journey must come to an end, and so too this life in our perishable bodies. To attain to our future hope with God, death is inevitable; it is the way of man, it is the way to God.
However, keeping ourselves in God’s love is about staying close to God, so close that when that time comes for us to leave this earth, our Spirit yields to a grace so beautiful – the dying grace of a loving and tender God who calls us to our eternal home. For we are told: “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His Saints.” (Psalm 116:15, NIV) So yes there can be beauty in the death of a loved one, the Saints of the Lord. Their lives are a celebration complete with tears of joy and cries of sadness. The joy of their going home and the sadness of our longing hearts for what we will not hold, touch or see again in this life.
Jesus when He was on earth painted a beautiful picture of why He had to die when He told His followers: “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. Now my heart is troubled, and what shall I say? Father save me from this hour? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name!” (John 12: 23-24, 27-28, NIV) So out of Jesus’ death came life to all who believe; He provided reconciliation of mankind to God and because of Him we all can have the same hope of the resurrection. And in it all, God gets the glory!
The analogy of the precious kernels of wheat can also apply to us. At our death, our toil on this earth is finished; we can produce nothing else for God. However speaking of the resurrection, 1 Corinthians 15: 42-43, NIV, comforts us with these words: “The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised 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 natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.”
Saints, in these words is a glimpse of Heaven! Can your heart see it? This comfort in Christ allows us to see our loved one in a different light – in the Light of God, Redeemed, and set aside exclusively for God, with work to do in His Heavenly Kingdom! For what is raised is more valuable than what is lost! And what is raised in the power of the Holy Spirit brings glory to our Lord in His eternal Kingdom!
This glorious hope of the resurrection and eternal life with God is our cause for rejoicing and celebration, and yes indeed this is precious! So precious that there should come a time in every Christians’ life when we would wait for it as Jude indicates above. So Saints if your heart is pregnant with sadness over that loved one, that precious kernel of wheat that God has sown in the ground and raised up, whose journey has just begun, rejoice also with prayers of thanksgiving! For they have gone from this place to glorify the King! The God of Truth has truly become their salvation! (Psalm 118:14, NIV)
Prayer: Father I thank you for covering the sadness of my heart for my Mom who slipped away twelve years ago today; for in her death you called home to You, her wayward child who had not called on Your Name in over twenty years. You gave me life I have never known in your Spirit for which I am forever grateful; for that night You gave me You. I rejoice in her life and the hope of seeing her again! Until then, my God who resides with us, I pray you draw those precious to me – to You always.” In Christ Jesus, Name, Amen.
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