“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.” John 12:24
The time for Jesus to go to the cross is getting closer. He is now telling the disciples that He is ready for death. Jesus uses the illustration of a kernel of wheat to say that it must fall and die before it can produce any more wheat.
Regardless of what plant it is, the seed must fall off of the plant and die before it can produce any more seeds. It may be good to have the seed on the tree for a time, but after a while it must die. If it does not die, the plant will not be able to produce any more. If it does not produce any more, then it is extremely limited in how much produce is made.
Jesus knew that in His death, He would be able to reach a lot more people than just the few He could physically reach, walking around and talking.
The world looks at death and dying as failing or stopping. They only see one type of death. Yet, for God, there are three types of death. There is the physical death with the body, the eternal death of separation of God, and death to self.
Jesus did not come to this world for Himself, but for every person. He set the example of dying to self to save the world.
Every believer must choose to die to self. He must put away selfish desires and focus on God and others. Once this occurs, it opens the door to loving others more and reaching more for Christ.
God sees death to self as a person giving Himself to God. It is allowing God to use the person to reach the world.
As a believer you must be willing to die to yourself, just as Jesus died on the cross. Put God and others first in your life as you live your life on this earth. Do what it takes to reach others.
You must lose your personal desires to put God’s desires first in your life. When this happens, God can use you to reach the world. Lose your life and you will produce more fruit. Lose today and gain much more in the end.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will lose your desires to gain God’s desires; that God will use you to reach the lost; and that God will produce much fruit in your life.