Day 142: If It Dies…

The Daily Word: Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019
2 Samuel 1:1-2:11
John 12:20-50
Psalm 118:19-29
Proverbs 15:27-28
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
But Jesus answered them, saying, “The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified. 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.” – Jn 12:23-24

The path to fruitfulness is death to self. Jesus knew that unless He died, the world could not be saved. If He didn’t choose the Cross, He would have spent eternity without us. So He chose death. He chose to sow His life as a seed, so the world could become His harvest. He chose to give up His life, so we could spend eternity with Him in Heaven!

Where do you want to see more fruit (i.e. the tangible manifestation of the goodness of God) in your life? Where are you sick and tired of feeling “alone” (v 24)? In your career? In your family? In your finances? The path to fruitfulness is death. Die daily to “selfish ambition and conceit” (Phil 2:3). Lay down your life – your own plans – in favor of God’s! As you die to self and embrace God’s will for your life, you will start to see the fruit of abundant life.

Prayer:

Father, I want to be more fruitful! I recognize selfishness is never the way to fruitfulness. Help me to lay down my life so that others might be free, in Jesus’ name!

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