A. Brother

“The hour has come for the Son of Man
to be glorified.  I tell you the truth,
unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground
and dies, it remains a single seed.
But if it dies, it produces many seeds.
The man who loves his life will lose it,
while the man who hates his 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.”
John 12:23-26

Are you seeking Christ for His will in your life?  Are you anxious about your life, and what you will drink, what you’ll eat, what you’ll wear, where you’ll live, when you’ll get that job, how you’ll survive?  Are you constantly worrying?  Are you stressed inside, and can’t seem to find peace?

Jesus speaks to us constantly of death bringing life.  It is a principle in the physical world, and is given us so that we will understand the spiritual realm.

There is no life without death.  Each day when farmers go out to farm, they are dealers in death.  They throw the poor little seeds out onto the earth, cover them with dirt, allow them to be without comfort, without shelter, left alone to die in the soil.  But what happens next is amazing and miraculous. 

The seed dies, and from within its dying, it produces a seedling.  This tiny seedling is alive, and begins to grow.  It draws its nutrients and moisture from the very soil that killed the seed.  It thrives on the rain, the storms, the hot sun, the dew, and the chemicals that it draws from the earth that surrounds it.  This new life bursts out of the soil, seeking the sun, seeking to enlarge its place, its own structure, its stem, its leaves.

Eventually that one plant produces not only food for the sustenance of others like ourselves, but it produces many seeds, sometimes hundreds and thousands per plant, so that these other seeds may die, so that other plants and other edible produce may be realized for the world.

So in the spiritual realm each who follows Christ must die.  Jesus told us here plainly.  If you want to serve Christ you must follow Him.  Where He is, you will be.  Just as He willingly died so that we might live, so you must die so that others might live.

Many of us say we want Christ, yet we are unwilling to follow Him. 

Gethsemane leads to Golgotha.  The prayer garden leads to the hard, ugly cross.  And the ONY WAY TO THE EMPTY TOMB IS THROUGH THE CROSS. 

Being a seed means being willing to let our great Master Gardener throw you upon the ground, and be cold and wet and hungry and tired, and to experience many difficulties, and go through hardship for Christ’s sake.  If you follow Jesus, you will eventually suffer “many things for His sake”, as Paul was told he would when he came to Christ. 

You will be alone at times, and sad at times, and yet learn the gracious provision of our Gardener God, who allows us to die so that we will know the joys of being the producer of many seeds, much fruit, and a bounty of spiritual blessings for others.

The Kingdom of Heaven is produced this way.  By being like Christ in our dying, we attain to the resurrection of the dead, and live beyond our fears, our hungers, our desires for comfort and security and pleasures in this life.  The worldly man lusts after all these things.  Unfortunately, many of us who claim Christ Jesus are living just like the pagans do, chasing
after what Christ forbids us from chasing after.

If you would follow Jesus, you must lay down and die.  What that means in your life, only you and Christ may work out together.  No man can tell you what your dying is to be.  You must enter Christ’s rest (Hebrews 4) in order to know.  You must give up your own life in order to know what Life Christ will give you.

Dying comes before living, brethren.  If we ignore Christ in this matter, He will not know us, we will not know Him, and so on the final day we will be lost.  How wonderful that day will be for some.  How terrible that day will be for many.

Be among those who take Christ seriously, and heed His Words.


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