Invited To Greatness; Invited to Die

October 15, 2012 — Leave a comment

In John 12:24 Jesus said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone, but if it dies, it bears much fruit.”

I grew up on 100 acres of land. I have many great memories of playing in the woods with my friends. We would play Batman and Robin. We would play army games. We would play hide and seek. We would ride our motorcycles and 4 wheelers in the mud. We would have mud ball fights. Tomato fights. We would fish. I could go on and on, but you get the point…I had a blast!

All those memories are special to me, but there is one memory in particular that has shaped me more than all my game playing memories. It’s memories of working the fields with my family planting crops. We planted a lot of different vegetables growing up, but my favorite was corn. My Father taught me how. In short, You till the soil and cultivate it a couple of times to get rid of the weeds. Then, you stake out straight lines to keep the rows looking good. Finally, you cover the seeds so they are about one inch under the soil. Throw up a prayer for rain and watch God to the rest.

To plant a seed in the ground is just the right thing to do. To hold on to it and do nothing with it is just a waste of its purpose. That seed was meant for more. It was meant for a harvest. So is your life. God wants to use you to fulfill His purpose in this earth. But just like the seed, you must die in order to produce a harvest. Death to self is not optional if you want a harvest

To serve Christ is to follow Him. To follow Christ is to serve like Him. To serve like Him, we must die to self. A harvest can only be part of your legacy when you die to self in order to glorify God and produce eternal fruit with your life. If you don’t die daily to self, you will live for self. You must daily die to self in order to promote the resurrection life others will want to follow. If you want to see Jesus, and produce an eternal harvest, you must submit to becoming like Christ.

John 12:26 says this,”If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.”

I leave you with this thought: Honor, the work of Jesus in the past; live the work of Jesus in the now, and know assuredly the future will be a celebration of them both.

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Steve Wright

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Lead Pastor of Legacy Church and Author of The Descent to Compassion

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