A Word for the Week
There is an interesting thought found in John 12:24 that is worth closer examination. The timeline is a few hours before Jesus' crucifixion. Jesus has come to Jerusalem not to rule the world but rather to deliver the world from the ruin of sin. He is gathered with His disciples, Preparations for Passover have been made and in that opportunity of feasting and fellowship, Jesus says, "truly I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit."
Think about this observation from Dr. O.S. Hawkins--"We think that death comes from life. But Jesus revealed just the opposite: life actually comes from death." Hawkins continues, "Imagine, for a minute, that you drop a grain of wheat into the earth and cover it with soil. That little grain corrodes and rots--it dies--and then releases its life germ. A tiny blade pushes through the soil and toward the sun. Weeks and months pass and the blade becomes a full grown plant that produces hundreds of seeds exactly like the one that was planted. But you couldn't see it until the seed died. Now imagine placing that seed in a desk drawer and leaving it for a few months.
When you go back to examine it, you will discover that the seed is still there, but it remains alone.'"
A few hours after Jesus said those words in John 12:24, He died; was 'planted' (hidden) in the earth, and a few days later burst forth as the resurrected Son of God. Out of His death came forth life for many who would be produced 'after His kind'. (Genesis 1:21-27) Because Jesus was willing to die--all who believe are made alive IN CHRIST. We are His workmanship created unto good works. ( Eph. 2:10)
As believers, we bear in our soul the same seed characteristics that Christ bore when He chose to die so that a better, more blessed and bountiful life might burst forth for those He would produce. However, the bounty and blessing only come as we are willing to be planted (hidden thru humility) and die so that we might reproduce in the same way Jesus did! Jesus was the first-fruit of the resurrected life (1 Cor. 15:20) which reveals there would be a second, third, fourth and so on. You and I, as believers today are a blessed to be a part of that continuing 'so on'.
Question is--are you dying to live in order to produce more like Him OR do you remain in the drawer, alone? Only one of those realizes its life potential! Only one of those fulfills its purpose!
Have you been planted in the soil of self-denial?
Will there be any like Him produced through your willingness to die so that life might burst forth and continue to reproduce?
May God bless His work in the soil of your soul this week!
See ya Sunday & hopefully sometime before,
1 Corinthians 15:58