How important is your life or mine? That’s a question people have been asking for a long time. Our family just explored this question recently by watching “It’s a Wonderful Life” again. But a few weeks before that I had made the following observations:
The Harvest is long since over. The fields lie brown and barren, waiting for next year’s planting. As we drive by mile after mile of brown stubble, the dead leftovers can seem rather sad to the onlooker. But each piece, each leftover piece has a story to tell, a story of fruitfulness. Was its life worth having been lived if its end was death?
It’s fruit has gone out and nourished other living beings, giving them strength to carry out their purpose in life. And some of the seed will be used to plant and grow a new Harvest next year.
When I look at the vastness of these fields, the math needed to figure out how many lives might have been nourished is mind-boggling. Each plant had a part in the process. Each plant was worthwhile. Each one, though it appears dead now, yet it lives by the fruit it produced.
And so it is with our lives. We live to produce fruit for the kingdom and glory of God. As servants of the King of kings and Lord of lords, our lives are not our own; we are bought with a price. 1 Corinthians 6:20
We will leave a legacy, of one sort or another. The quality and quantity of the fruit we leave behind has less to do with where we are planted and more to do with how well we work the soil of our hearts, how well and how often we watered it with the word of God, how much we drew near to the Sunshine of our souls, to Him who described himself as the Light of the World. John 8:12
Each of us matters!
Each of us is important in the grand scheme of things.
Each one of us makes a difference. Our ministries; our service; each act of love, kindness, and compassion; and our spoken and written words are a part of the process of fruit bearing that will exponentially multiply Life and Love and Hope in the lives of others, many of whom we will never meet this side of Heaven.
You are important, dear sister!
The story of your life matters!
As you find hope in Christ, you can pass it on to others. (2 Corinthians 1: 3, 4)
Your words of encouragement may be just what another sister needs to hear. Your words can bring her living water that will help her grow and produce fruit for the kingdom in places that you could not otherwise go.
And in this way, your fruit will indirectly reach further than you can even imagine, bringing glory to God. (Matthew 5:16)
So, dear one, continue to sow the seed and water it, and pass on seeds to others who will be able to sow them for you in places where you cannot go.
Don’t be discouraged that you cannot see the end results. The Lord may be saving them for you as a treasure, a joyous surprise, to be revealed in heaven when all your Earthly labors are over.
Won’t that be amazing?! To finally see with sight that for which we hoped so long?
So keep walking by faith and not by sight, so that at the end of your life you will be able to say with Paul, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:7,8
Let’s have a conversation; do you have any thoughts to add to the above points? Have you had the joy of seeing good harvest results from the work you’ve put in? Or is there someone you know that you admire because of the fruit that God produces through their ministry? I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below!
(Also, do you want to read more on why your life is valuable? Here are links to a few of my older posts: Healing Through God’s Word, You are of Great Value, Who Jesus Values – Sychar Lesson, Power of Words)