I was eating lunch today with my wife Emily and we started talking about the fall season. I commented that I was kind of sad to see the leaves on the trees die and fall to the ground, we both love summer so much. I said, "God must have a reason for the seasons, there must be an annual lesson for us." She quickly came back with, "unless the seeds die and fall to the ground there will be no fruit." Either my wife is absolutely brilliant, which she is, or she was remembering something that the Lord said. As you may recall, it was Jesus who said, "truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone, but if it dies, it bears much fruit" (John 12:24).
Today, as I gaze out on the leafless trees in my backyard, I'm reminded that I must die to myself in order to produce fruit in the kingdom of God. If you are dying to something in your life right now, be encouraged, because spring will come.