We’re dead, and we’re dust. This is the perfect receptacle for imperishable seed. How often do we consider the true state of our reformation? Our decision to turn in faith to Christ feels as if it springs from within. We decide. We choose. At least, that’s how it feels.

But scripture tells us repeatedly that God must make us alive before we can recognize him or our true state.

Into our dusty soil of self comes the imperishable seed of the Holy-Spirit-inspired word of God. It is planted. God waters it. He nurtures and cares for this growing seed of faith within us. It grows. We sink our roots into him.

Jeremy's hands

“As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:10-11 NIV).

Without this planting, watering, and nurturing, we have no heart to love earnestly and compassionately with no strings attached. Instead, we guard ourselves. Without this seed, we have no faith. We can’t obey the truth and purify our souls. Rather, we remain locked in sin.

This word is living. It is sharp. It divides between soul and marrow. It tells us who we are and where we’re going. It points us to God.


Crack the book. Sit in front of a passage. Soak it in.

We fade. We perish. We blow away, yet God has planted his living seed in us. It was preached to us. It took root. We live. We taste and experience the beauty of our Lord. It is good. Its goodness is so rich that it changes everything.

What is the evidence that God’s word has made you alive? How is he changing you?


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