Birth and Death
This past week we looked at the seasons of birth and death. We found out a lot about each one, but how do these two seasons compare to each other? We examine that today and help you find out the best way to handle each as they come into your life.
Pain Brings Each
In each of our studies, we found that both the birthing season and dying season are associated with pain. The labor of producing something new in our lives can cause a lot of pain. When we start a new path in God, the enemy will try to defeat us before we can get started. Likewise, when we are trying to let things die in our lives so we can grow closer to God, the enemy will try to defeat us before we can find success. While these two seasons operate differently-one produces something and one removes something-the enemy's focus is the same: to defeat us before we can get started.
With this in mind, we must have the same focus in each of these seasons, whether birth or death. We must go into each season loaded down with prayer, fasting and regular Bible reading. We must pursue the things of God in our lives before a birthing situation or a dying situation arrives, that way we don't find ourselves overwhelmed by the formidable forces of the enemy. Doing these basics for a minimum amount of time each day will help us build up our defenses. While the attack of the enemy will still be fierce, we will better handle those attacks and have a higher success rate in birthing what God wants and letting die what God wants to die in us.
The Opportunity to Serve
The other similarity of these two seasons is they offer an opportunity to better serve in God's Kingdom. The birthing season allows us to have a new tool, idea or focus that allows us to further God's plan for our lives and the lives of others. Similarly, letting something die off in our lives allows us to have space in our hearts, minds and time for God to take greater precedent.
Say you go through a season of death in which you give up watching your favorite TV show and replace that time with reading your word. Through that death of self service, you build your relationship with God and prepare yourself to be a better witness to others.
Birth and Death, Hand-in-Hand
Notice that in this example, birth comes out of death. The two are tied together. Let's use another example to show how death can come from birth:
You have been given a new opportunity by your pastor to teach Bible Studies to new converts in your church. However, the time the church has set up for these studies is the same time you normally spend playing football or basketball with your friends. By sacrificing the trivial, you are able to keep alive the spiritual birth.
Loss and Gain
The one difference between these two seasons is that one is a season that produces and the other is a season that reduces. However, because they both work hand-in-hand our lives stay in balance. God doesn't take something away from us without a plan to put something back in. Likewise, he doesn't offer so much that we have no room to fit into our lives. If we trust Him in what we need to add and subtract from our lives, what needs to be born and die in our spiritual walk, we will be better off and a more balanced and effective follower of Christ.
Share Your Voice
We want to hear your thoughts now. What do you think of the season of life and death? Did we leave something out that you think should be added? Do you have a story of life and death you wish to share? Help us and the other readers of The Way out by expanding this conversation in the comments below. Thanks again and we'll be back next week with our next comparison of seasons.
Chris Farris is the author of The Way, a manual detailing how to implement the Beatitudes into your life. He review events and other media and offers other insights into writing and working for the Kingdom of God.