Where are you seeing new life bloom in your actions, thought life and words?
October 2, 2017, 5:00 AM

Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the festival. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. “Sir,” they said, “we would like to see Jesus.” Philip went to tell Andrew; Andrew and Philip in turn told Jesus.  Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly I tell you, 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. Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me. “Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name!” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.” The crowd that was there and heard it said it had thundered; others said an angel had spoken to him. Jesus said, “This voice was for your benefit, not mine. Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die. John 12:20-33


Seeds in a bag sitting on a shelf in a garage are pretty useless.  Safe?  Yes.  Useful?  No.  Think about what a seed has to go through, though, to be useful, to bear fruit.  It has to leave the safety of the packaging, enter the harsh, cruel world, get buried alive, spend days dying alone in the dark, have cold water poured over it seemingly drowning it, and ultimately it dies! Anyone want to sign up to be a seed? This is what Jesus is calling us to, though.  To be planted.  To give up our lives.  To give up our dreams.  To give up the safety of the sterile packaging.  To leave the comfortable structures of our lives.  To die. It’s what Jesus did.  He left the safety and comfort of heaven to be planted for a time amongst us.  He did the will of His Father.  He gave of Himself.  He sacrificed His desires and put others first.  He spent himself.  He died.


But the story doesn’t end with death, not Jesus’ story.  Did Jesus suffer?  Yes.  Did Jesus go through excruciating amounts of humiliation and pain?  Yes.  Was Jesus raised from the dead and given new life?  Absolutely, and we celebrate that! The story doesn’t end with death for a seed, either.  Because when it dies, new life springs forth!  When a seed dies, it can have true life, and others reap the benefit of the fruit it produces. The same can be true for us as well.  Jesus calls us to follow Him, and following Him means, first and foremost, to die.  To lay down our desires.  To lay down our hopes and dreams.  To put aside anything other than full devotion to Him and His plan for our lives.  To be willing to part with the things that we so easily cling onto for life and to say to God, “I’m willing to destroy these things if it means I can be used by You to bring You glory and bear fruit so that others may know You as God.”


And in the end, what is promised is life – both here on Earth and eternally with Him.  We are seeds, and we’re either sitting on a shelf alone and useless or we’ve died so that Jesus can give us life and use our fruit to bring nourishment to those around us. Where have you been planted? Who are you impacting? Where are you seeing new life bloom in your actions, thought life and words?


This is my Prayer:  Father God reveal to me the areas of my life that need to be put to death so that I can be fully alive.  Lord give me courage to do the things You’ve called me to do.  Jesus help me to see myself as planted where I am so that those around me can receive nourishment from the fruit that You bear through my life.  In Your name, Jesus. Amen.