'...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 NIV
When you look at what the Bible encourages us to do—things like looking out for others, being patient, loving those who hurt us—nowhere will you find the promise that it will always be easy. Sometimes, there’s just hard work involved. So why do it in the first place? Because as we do those things, we grow more and more into what God wants us to become—like Christ. And the more we become like Jesus was, the more God can use us. God gives us amazing promises about what He has in store for us (Jeremiah 29:11, anyone?), and working through us, the world can be completely transformed by His Kingdom. The best way He can do that for (and through) us is if we allow ourselves to become more like Jesus. It might sound daunting, and it might seem like you’ll lose yourself in the process; but the reverse is true. You’ll find that the more you let Jesus mould you, the more you’ll become ‘you’. Jesus’ picture of this is a grain of wheat. On its own, a grain isn’t that impressive. But plant it, and it multiplies. Becoming like Christ isn’t all your work, but give yourself to God as the grain, and you’ll see amazing things come from that. Find a small seed. Place it in your hand, and think about how small it currently is. How small is your life right now? Think about how big and useful the seed will become. How can your life be as large and productive for God as the seed becomes?
SoulFood: Ex 16-18, John 3:9-21, Ps 110, Prov 26:13-16
WORD4TODAY (an adaptation of The Word for Today authored by Bob & Debby Gass) is published under licence by UCB Australia. 2015 UCB International Ltd