On death and life

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?100_4991


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)



22 thoughts on “On death and life

  1. Thank you Ruth for your good words of encouragement this day! Yes, great reminders to keep being faithful to our Savior and pressing on, knowing that He is the Lord of the Harvest. We may get to plant many seeds…we may get to see the harvest. But, we know that everything the Lord does multiplies and prospers. He is our God of abundance and immeasurably more always!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Amen, Brittany! Hang in there, and keep up the good work! Our pastor read from Joshua 1 today. Vss 5b-7 read: “Just as I have been with Moses, I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you. Be strong and courageous, for you shall give this people possession of the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go.
      Joshua 1:5‭-7 NASB
      Keep walking in obedience, dear sister, and lead all those whom God gives you to the promises of God.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. This reminds me of something my pastor said many years ago that has stuck with me. He said, the reason that rewards aren’t handed out as soon as we die, but rather God waits until the end of time, is because the ripple effect of our lives continues long after we are gone… many generations after us, the seeds of faithfulness continue to yield fruit. What a wonderful thought that is… and powerful motivation to invest and live for God now!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Sometimes not seeing the fruit of seeds planted makes a gal weary, doesn’t it? But then again, I have to remind myself that it’s not about me. It’s about Him. The Lord will take care of that other person better than we could ever imagine, I’m convinced. Good post. #heartencouragementThursday

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Yes, Kristi, weary. But then, when we plant an actual garden, we have to wait, also, for the seeds to germinate. We have to wait for God to do the unseen work under the surface. That’s definitely His job, not ours. We just plant and water and protect.
      Thanks for your visit! Have a blessed day! 🙂


  4. This is a good reminder for me to keep on being productive. Indeed all the work we do is not in vain. We may not see the results immediately but something is happening behind the scenes.


Welcome to the conversation! I'd love to hear what you have to say about this!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.