It was the first week of January and snow was on the ground. Yet one of our local lumberyards had garden seeds out for sale. It seemed premature, but I bought some anyway – why not look forward to warmer, sunny days!
But I know something about those seeds. As long as they remain within their packaging, they won’t amount to much of anything – they must be planted. I’m not a horticulturist, but my understanding is that after a seed is sown it actually dies before it springs to new life. A life that produces a harvest many times greater than the single seed.
Speaking about this truth, Jesus said:
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. (John 11:24-25)
Jesus understood that only by dying would He bring about the harvest His Father desired. But then He extended the same principle to us. If we want to find real life, we must die to self. By doing so, we not only gain eternal life, but we live this life with purpose – to produce additional fruit for God’s kingdom.
Yet this only happens when we’re willing to forsake our own will and surrender to God’s plans instead. Do you want to live a life of real significance? If so, lay down your own desires and allow God to plant you where He deems best. –Dave
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