Hey, Look at Me! I’m a Grape!
Let’s put man in proper perspective. The earth is the garden of God to raise a crop of people who will willingly worship Him in Spirit and in truth. Often in the Bible we are compared to a crop. It is as though we are grapes, for instance. If you have an arbor of grapes, do you wail and cry when you pick a bunch of grapes? Of course not. They are designed and grown from your garden to consume them. They provide something for your body after they are ripe and edible.
A man of God realises that he is part of God’s crop. He allows himself to be grown specifically to be harvested. Harvest for us is the point of death. It is at that point that God is harvesting our bodies to release the soul. Ripe would be a term applied at the wisdom of God. We are harvested when He determines it is time.
Be careful not to consider yourself as anything more than a plant. God is, in the end, the One who will decide your use to Him. He is eternal. We are the ones who are waiting to die. That is, to be harvested for His Glory. “What is man that you are mindful of him . . .” Worship Him. Serve Him. It is for that purpose you were born. And it is to Him that you will return.
By His Grace.