23 Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 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. 25The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.26 Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me. – John 12:23-26
Jesus is heading into the home stretch. The day of his departure is coming soon. The clock is ticking. These lessons will be some of those the disciples will have echo in their minds for the rest of their lives.
Jesus gets pretty personal with His disciples. He really teaches a lesson that gets down to the heart of the matter. Do you love life on this earth so much that it will prevent you from following Christ? The world says hold on to your life, Christ says lay it down to benefit others. Christ goes on to say that if we serve Him we will be where He is and that those who serve Christ will be honored by the father. What a powerful set of verses to contemplate.
For now lets focus on the wheat illustration. Jesus is teaching heavily on this idea of laying your own life down for the benefit of others. After all, this is precisely what he is about to do in his voluntary death. We learn as Christ’s disciple that we are to do this every day in the form of being a ‘living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God’ (Romans 12:1)
If we remain all about ourselves we have our reward, a selfish one. If however we ‘die to self’ then our proverbial seed can be planted in many other lives. Jesus goes on to say that if we are serving Him, this will be evidence of our lives. Let me ask you this: How many Christians do you know have lives marked by ‘dying to self’ and being ‘living sacrifices’ to the point where you can see their lives invested in many others?
I would love to say that everyone who claims the name of Jesus lives this way. Most unfortunately do not. I want to encourage you today to see yourself as a servant of Christ. Allow your life to count not for what you can hoard up for yourself but for how you can give of yourself to the betterment of others. After all “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.”
Go out today and produce many seeds. Share Gods’ love with others by how you live for them.