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‘I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.’ John 12:24 (NIV)
A single seed of wheat will only ever be just that unless it is buried deep into the soil. Here a mystery unfolds. Lying in the rich humus, the grain will die and then miraculously sprout over time, becoming a blade of wheat laden with much grain. This is a beautiful picture of what Jesus would endure in regards to His death and resurrection.
However, this parable concerns believers also. Our lives will not be anything significant until we are prepared to die to our selfishness. As God’s chosen children we are called not to live lives of selfish indulgence but dynamic lives of self-giving. Releasing control of our lives and giving control to God means we will move from self-focus to focusing on the needs of others.
The fertile soil of self-surrender is the ground in which fruitful works emerge. Christ’s life was rich with works that spoke of His selfless nature. Jesus was the single grain that bore plentiful fruit which nourished others over and over again.
What holds us back? Consider the blessings we rob from ourselves, others, and God when we fail to die to self.
‘Father, I acknowledge my selfishness. Thank you for the example of Jesus who shows me what it means to die to self. Forgive me for being self-absorbed. Help me to die to myself, so that others will experience your love. Amen.’
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