1 Corinthians 15:37-38 says, “And what you sow, you do not sow that body that shall be, but mere grain–perhaps wheat or some other grain. But God gives it a body as He pleases, and to each seed its own body.”
These two verses are in the context of explaining the resurrection. We can apply it to ourselves in spiritual sowing. Mark 4:26-29 is a parable about seeds.
It says, “…The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground…the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how. For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head…”
Jesus explained His coming death and resurrection in John 12:24. It says, “…unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.”
He correlated it with us dying to SELF. Luke 9:23 says, “…If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.”
How do we die to ourselves like a seed that goes into the ground and dies in order to produce a harvest? One way is written in Galatians 5:16. It says, “I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.”
Another way is Romans 8:5. It says, “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.”
Dying to self starts in our heart. The seeds we sow into our heart affects our thoughts which become a harvest of words, actions, and attitudes. Therefore when we ‘program’ our heart by hiding God’s word in it, our thoughts will act on that truth. When a temptation to entertain a fleshly thought arises, His truth within will slay it. Dead. No response.
As we hide His word in our heart, it is like the farmer who sows seed. We won’t see immediate results, so we might give up our discipline. Yet, God gives His hidden word a ‘body’ that pleases Him, for it is His word within our heart that sprouts up, and produces a harvest that glorifies Him.