1 Corinthians 15:35-38
But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?” How foolish! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else. But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body.
What you believe about death and eternity will determine the way you live today.
If death is the end, with nothing to follow, you live solely for pleasure today. If death marks the moment you enter purgatory, you spend time cultivating relationships with people who will pray you into heaven. If death means reincarnation based on your earned “karma,” you invest your time in building a resume of good deeds.
But if you believe your body is a seed and your life is a season of growth, you place supreme emphasis on what’s living inside.
Genesis tells us we were created in the image of God. Not in body, but in spirit. We were created to love like God’s heart loves, to think like God’s mind thinks and to be holy like God’s spirit is holy.
At the moment of creation, God placed the potential to look like Himself right inside our little bodies. And then He gave us 80-ish years to cultivate our inner potential – that small spark of life – so that we can explode in life for all eternity.
We were created in the image of God, then covered with skin for a few decades. Someday, not too far off, our shell will die and the life inside will take its ultimate form.
The question is… Are you taking care to cultivate the eternal potential inside or are you following the whims that come and go?