John 12:24 (NASB) 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 wonder if we truly understand the meaning of one man’s death that we may truly live. I have watched my eldest daughter study for seven years, and today she will graduate with a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling. I watched the endless hours of her studying and writing papers, doing her internship, and giving up a lot of fun time to achieve her goal of getting her degree. If you asked her if it was all worth it, she would say that at the time it was tough and that thoughts of quitting entered her mind, but today, it was all worth it. As we strive to die to ourselves, the journey may seem difficult. We may even think of giving up, but when all is said and done, we will hear those words, “Well done my good and faithful servant,” and it WILL all be worth it. So, if you are struggling to live for Christ, know that there is glorious day awaiting when we shall see Him face-to-face. He will embrace us like we have never known. If you find you need a little help along the way, just ask. He still stands waiting and willing to lend a hand. Today’s verse states that a grain of wheat must fall and die for it to bear much fruit. What must die within ourselves for the fruit of Christ to grow?
Application:• Personal Application: Continue spending time with the Lord daily. Sow righteousness and reap the fruit of God's unfailing love.
TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
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