The Grain that dies

8th AUGUST, 2021

Christ for Youth International

“Let me make this clear: A single grain of wheat will never be more than a single grain of wheat unless it drops into the ground and dies. Because then it sprouts and produces a great harvest of wheat — all because one grain died. “The person who loves his life and pampers himself will miss true life! But the one who detaches his life from this world and abandons himself to me, will find true life and enjoy it forever!” John 12:24–25 TPT

“Die and Multiply” seems a concise and apt summary for Jesus’ words in our opening scripture right? However, to die and multiply sounds absolutely absurd and counterintuitive in human terms. But we know for a fact that a lot of Jesus’ teachings ruffled many feathers in His day. Although His teachings did not get the stamp of the masses, He boldly declared how things work in His Father’s kingdom and our opening scripture is of no exception!

In John 15:16, Jesus charged His disciples to go and bear fruit, not just any fruit but fruit that will last. As Christ’s followers, we have also been given that mandate of bearing everlasting fruit and Jesus’ word in our opening scripture gives us a good place to start from: “to die”. To be an effective worker in God’s vineyard is to lead a life of sacrifice. And everyone knows a sacrifice brought to the altar dies.

‘To die’ is to relinquish our selfish interests and desires and abandon them at Jesus’ feet so we can be of valuable service to Him. It is to daily lay aside what we would rather use our time, money, talent and resources for and leave them at the disposal of the Master. And isn’t that the sacrificial life Jesus exemplified by dying in our stead? By His death and sacrifice, He has shown us that laying down our lives will always yield a harvest of souls.

Just as a grain of wheat must die in the soil before it springs back out of the soil bearing many more grains of wheat, we must also ‘die’ to bear more fruit. Jesus suffered and died, but He rose again bearing fruits; the salvation of many men. The hard truth is the salvation of other men hinges on the labour and sacrifice of other men who must also pay the price to bear eternal fruit. If we ‘pamper’ ourselves we remain a single grain of wheat. May we always be disciples who ‘die’ for the Kingdom.

Dear God, thank You for reminding me that a true disciple must daily die to self. Please strengthen me for a life of sacrificial service for Your Kingdom. May my labour in Your vineyard bear eternal fruit in Jesus’ name. Amen

Further Reading: John 16:15, Luke 9:23–25

Bible In One Year: Ezekiel [7–10]

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