This verse from John 12 has been in my thoughts since Wednesday this week, I dont know why!
John 12:24-26 24
“Listen carefully: Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to the world, it is never any more than a grain of wheat. But if it is buried, it sprouts and reproduces itself many times over. 25 In the same way, anyone who holds on to life just as it is destroys that life. But if you let it go, reckless in your love, you’ll have it forever, real and eternal. 26” If any of you wants to serve me, then follow me. Then you’ll be where I am, ready to serve at a moment’s notice. The Father will honor and reward anyone who serves me.
But as I meditate on it, I’m starting to see the need for us to constantly lay down our lives (sacrifice our wills in favor of God’s greater plan thru us) in order for true unconditional love to be expressed through our lives.
God has promised to grant us the desires of our heart, when we delight in Him! Nothing delights the Father more than to see His children being carriers of His love & presence on this Earth. Through that I believe we truly can bring the fruits of the Kingdom (righteousness, peace, everlasting joy) to those we minister too.
But it requires a death. There are many things vying for our time. I have learnt to evaluate against eternity. Our time on this earth is very limited. Regardless of our social standing, our physical appearance or our wealth, we can never get back even 1 second of a moment or opportunity missed to share Gods love.
Gods heart is for people. It’s for this reason Jesus rose again, to free us from the bondage that was our carnal, fleshly self, and to set into motion the restoration of our sprit & soul with our Father. Giving us the gift of the Holy Spirit that we are charged with power (dunamis*) to see His kingdom & will established on earth as it is in heaven.
But we must die first before His glory can be revealed. It was the same with Moses, David, Joseph, Paul.. Jesus. Leaving my old, carnal, limited, short sighted thinking behind has opened my eyes & mind to the potential of a Kingdom life! This verse sums it best:
1 Corinthians 2:9-12 9
That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” 10 But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets. 11 No one can know a person’s thoughts except that person’s own spirit, and no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own Spirit. 12 And we have received God’s Spirit (not the world’s spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us.
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