Devotional: We Are Like Seeds

wheat 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.— John 12:24

We are like seeds. Only by dying and being buried in the ground can anything productive come of a little seed. But what if the seed could talk? Would it be asking, “Hey, why did you dig a hole and throw me in it? Why are you burying me? Help!”

That’s us. We forget the very nature of our being and reject God’s plan for us, which is to know Him and to love and serve others. “He who loves His life will lose it,” Jesus concluded. He also said, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me” (Mark 8:34).

Physical death can sometimes be a lot easier than denying ourselves the rights and privileges we think we deserve.

Marriage, friendship, work relationships, and yes, parenting — all require us to take a deep breath, swallow our pride, push our agendas aside, and yield to love and servanthood.

We need to change our perceptions of what our lives are supposed to be, and of how we are supposed to go about fulfilling God’s will, and begin to recognize what we already are: God’s beloved, the objects of His desire, the vessels of His love, the recipients of His greatest blessings and gifts. But sometimes we’re too busy to be His beloved. And sometimes we’re just too afraid to die.

Be encouraged by what Jesus promised:  if the seed "dies, it produces much grain." A life given in love and service will produce an abundance of blessings!

"I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly." —Jesus, John 10:10

 

DEVOTIONALSRay Bentley