23 But Jesus answered them, saying, “The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified. 24 Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. 25 He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.
Jesus did more than tell his followers what to do; He showed them what to do. First He told them then He showed them.
In the glorification of the Son of God, which took place at the resurrection, there was a process of dying and death. It is this process that Jesus taught us here. If you pick up a handful of grain that grain is going to be nice and round and ready to be put in the ground. When the grain is put into the ground it splits open thus giving its life, it can never be planted again, for the stalk to grow and the new grain to multiply. As long as that grain seed is on the shelf or out of the dirt it remains by itself, alone. But when that grain is put in the ground and splits open, thus giving its life away, then it has company and knows its purpose.
Jesus uses this illustration to teach us the reason for His death and then tells us to follow Him. Jesus did not love His life unto the death but gave of His life for the ransom of many. If Jesus had chosen not to die His life would not have been multiplied and like the seed on the shelf His life would not have fulfilled its eternal purpose. So then we too have an eternal purpose which is to plant our lives into the lives of others so that we can bear eternal fruit unto God. If we keep our lives from dying for Christ, Galatians 2:20, we will never enjoy the fruit, the benefit of why we were created.
Only when we lose our lives will we find them. Only when we hate our lives here will we keep them for eternal life. Only when we follow Christ as He both described and demonstrated will we know the honor of God the Father both now and forever.
Yes, Jesus taught us well and yes, He demonstrated the lesson. Let us lose our lives in His. Let us die to our own lives so that others may join us for eternity.
It is Friday. It is a busy day for many of us. Remember to pray for one another to know the joy of the Lord, the victory of the Holy Spirit, and Divine appointments for God’s glory.
Pray for Sunday and for the wonderful opportunities God has for us to gather around His Word. I look forward to seeing you.
Our presidential candidates are imploding. This is no surprise to students of human character. Neither candidate has demonstrated a life of godly character so it is no surprise when things about their godless character come out. Pray for God to show this country His plan and purpose. Gather with other Christians for greater and more fervent prayer for our country. I have seen more emphasis on prayer than ever before. Perhaps this is one of God’s designs for His people in America. We must seek His face for the future of ourselves and of our children as Americans.
Have a great day in the Lord,