God’s seed of love is planted in His children; and when we die to self, that seed cracks open and His love inside us bursts forth and blesses others. A seed which is planted in the cold, dark soil and does not benefit anyone until it cracks open and the life inside is set free. The seed must die in order to accomplish its larger purpose–that is, giving life to others. A seed produces life-giving food and oxygen only when it is ceases to be a seed. We must daily die to ourselves in order for God’s seed of love to grow into a life-giving force which reaches beyond our own self-sustaining existence. The Bible says: “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.” (Jeremiah 17:7-8) Once we make the decision to live unselfishly and in the life-giving stream of God’s love, we are set free of the sin which chains us! We become addicted to that freedom and never want to go back to being a cold, dead seed! The world bombards us with the lie that living for ourselves holds ultimate fulfillment and it encourages us to pursue it with all of the energy we possess. However, when we LIVE in the truths of God’s Word, we awaken to the marvelous life that we’d allowed sin to deprive us of. Then–we can’t imagine going back to that cold, dead, self-centered existence. God is the source of all life and love—and when we seek Him first, our life takes on a dimension beyond ourselves. When we shed the seed of self and become a beautiful, strong tree of life, we experience the sunshine and the storms. We will lose a few branches along the way but we won’t die until we have served Our Creator’s Divine purpose. When we allow that small seed to become a mighty, flourishing tree, our life becomes a center of life and it also produces seeds which live long after we are gone. This amazing destiny that God has for us begins each day by opening our heart and allowing Him to cleanse us with His Spirit and feed and water us with His Word.