The fifteenth chapter of First Corinthians uses natural life analogies that can help us understand the pruning of God. Amongst them is the need for a seed to die to sprout afresh and produce much harvest. While the context of the chapter is about our future, we can apply this chapter to our present life.

Some of life’s most valuable lessons are often learned through challenging experiences. During difficult times, we may feel overwhelmed and unable to continue. However, we must remember that God is always with us, and His grace is sufficient. The challenges we face are only temporary, and we will emerge victorious if we persevere (1 Cor 13:10). As Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 15:42-43, “What is sown perishable is raised imperishable. Sown in dishonor is raised in weakness, sown in weakness is raised in power.”

All life experiences, even the negative ones, serve a greater purpose in maturing us for a much more significant role ahead. Challenges stretch and expand our abilities, making us more productive and impactful. Being aware of this, we must exercise patience and endurance until we have developed the qualities that are meant to be formed in us. Like a farmer who never unearths a seed once it’s been planted, we must go through a shelling process to release the plant, eventually producing a greater harvest. Stay in the wringer; do not leave prematurely. Paul’s instructions in this chapter speak to a future-present glory. Dying daily and enduring pressure is not easy, but be assured that you will come out stronger, much wiser, and more creative. You will reemerge with new skills, wisdom, and capacity. The pressure you’re experiencing is like that of a wringer producing fresh oil, wine, and fire! Consider it as being rebranded for glory.

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