Well, some of us are seeds. The rest of us are nuts.
Either way, none of us are anything like the glorious beings we are destined to become. Sure, our seedy and nutty selves do have a glory of their own. We all bear the stamp of our Creator’s image. But it’s our tree-selves that will have a form and splendor beyond our capacity to comprehend.
Within the seeds of our earthly bodies we carry the DNA of our heavenly glory. Though our mortal bodies are destined to be buried in the ground, they already carry the divine code of our eternal being, so we will be raised as immortal beings in spiritual bodies.
This is the promise of Jesus—the first to be resurrected from the dead—for everyone who believes.
So, we must look beyond what we can see in the mirror if we are to recognize that there is nothing ordinary about our seedy selves. And the great news for today is that there is something extraordinary about our everyday seedy and nutty lives.
That’s because there is something mysteriously and powerfully dynamic about the divine DNA within us. As we cooperate with the work the Spirit of God is accomplishing in us, we are changed, transformed, and moved from one level of seedy glory to the next. The wonderful thing is, the changes going on now, inside our seed-selves, are having an impact on the future glory of our tree-selves.
Yes, this whole process is mysterious. But what’s clear is that there are no unimportant days or throwaway moments in our lives. In times pleasant and painful, joyful and sorrowful—whatever we are encountering or experiencing as our lives unfold—something unimaginably spectacular is going on all the time. And God invites our participation in the wonderful things He’s doing. If you’re like me, you’ll need to be reminded of that.
Because one day this nut will be a tree.