“Listen carefully: Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to the world, it is never any more than a grain of wheat. But if it is buried, it sprouts and reproduces itself many times over. In the same way, anyone who holds on to life just as it is destroys that life. But if you let it go, reckless in your love, you’ll have it forever, real and eternal.”
John 12:24 The Message
With less than a week before his crucifixion, things are wrapping up quickly for Jesus. This verse comes right after Mary had ceremonially anointed his feet with costly perfume and the day before his triumphant entry into Jerusalem.
The earthly life of Jesus was indeed coming to a close. And he still had an incredibly important truth to convey to those who would listen. That lesson was contained in the words at the top of this devotional.
I heard someone say, “When it comes time to die, make sure that’s the only thing you have left to do.” If you can detach those words from the emotional trauma associated with dying, you will realize that it’s really speaking about how we live, not how we die.
Jesus’ thoughts exactly! We have potential seeds of kindness, love and resources in our possession. To die with those seeds ‘stored up’ within us is not the goal of living. It is in giving that seed away that we get the most out of our lives.
In dying to ourselves we really start living.
A person all wrapped up in himself is usually a very small package, and is also living a very small, stunted and unsatisfying life. We were meant to give ourselves away. And we do this by the seed we sow into the lives of others.
In a rather puzzling turn of events, the things we take into eternity are the things we leave planted behind us, and which somehow become the very things that precede us!
Plant seeds that will outlive you! God designed the law of ‘sowing and reaping’ for more than just our benefit. Generations beyond us will reap what we have sown.
There is power in a seed. Seeing it grow into its potential takes patience and trust. Our task is to plant faithfully … God’s is to produce a harvest.
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