My dad encouraged me to plant some peanuts in my garden. He gave me some dried-up peanuts in the shell and told me to carefully take them out of the husk without removing the papery skin on the outside of them because, without that skin, they wouldn’t germinate. Because the seeds are so big, I thought they would take a while to emerge from the ground. However, to my surprise, they came up rather quickly and broke the ground as they began to sprout. I had to look it up online because the soil looked like it was rejecting the seed because there were peanuts on top of the ground. In the middle of the peanuts were tiny green leaves beginning to unfurl. I guess that’s how all seeds germinate, but because of the size, God allowed me to watch the magic of the dead seeds coming back to life and multiplying.
Here’s my takeaway; the papery skin is like Jesus; you don’t want to die without having him. He is the key to the Kingdom! You must believe with all your heart that God raised him from the dead and confess with your mouth that he is Lord. And another thing, you must die to yourself, like the dried-up peanut, so when you are firmly planted in Jesus, like your water baptism, you emerge from the ground and produce more. How many of those peanuts will be eaten, and how many will be saved for seeds? More will be eaten than saved. Thank God that he made you a seed!
because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. Romans 10:9-10