|Posted by pathhministry on October 4, 2010 at 8:32 AM|
Monday October 4, 2010
Only A Surrendered Life fulfills God’s Purpose
TEXT (John 12:24)
I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to theground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it producesmany seeds. (NIV)
Listen carefully: Unless a grain of wheat is buried in theground, dead to the world, it is never any more than a grain of wheat. But ifit is buried, it sprouts and reproduces itself many times over. (Msg)
I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is plantedin the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many newkernels—a plentiful harvest of new lives. (NLT)
God uses us best when we die.Death is daunting. But there is no other way to be effectively used by God. That‘the mortal cannot wear immortality’ is not only a principle marking the lifeto come, but is an important reality for those of us who want to live the wayGod calls us.
Most of us still struggle withthe tension between living in the Spirit and living in the self. Most of usfind that living in the Spirit requires the death of the self. The self doesnot surrender to death that easily, and yet, we cannot truly begin to be thepeople that God wants us to be until we learn to die to our selves.
This sense of our willingness todie is the very measure of our willingness to trust. Jesus was willing to diebecause He completely trusted His Father to keep Him, even in death. Thechallenge for us is whether we will surrender our self-life, so that ourspirit-life can be truly come alive and God’s life can then give us hope andpurpose.
Something to Meditate on:
My unwillingness to die is evidence that I have notyet learnt to trust.
A decision I need to make:
Whatpart of my life is not yet surrendered to Jesus, if any?