"I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels—a plentiful harvest of new lives." John 12:24 (NLT)
Many of us remember being in elementary school, and for science class, putting a seed or seeds in a styrofoam cup filled with garden soil. Then we would water the soil and put the cup on a window sill so the sun's rays could reach it. And then, usually in only a few days, germination would begin, and we would see the sprouting of a new plant. This process was always so exciting.
In order for the plant to come alive, a seed had to be buried and die. It had to allow itself to experience the darkness before there could be new life.
Jesus was talking to His disciples when He spoke the words from today's scripture. He was letting them know, that in the same way a seed must be buried and die for there to be a new stalk (life) of wheat, so He must die on the cross and be buried in the grave three days, so that He could rise again and give eternal life to all who would believe in Him.
The same is true for us. When we die to ourselves (living life on our terms) and our selfish desires to live according to Jesus and His desires, we are like a seed that dies and produces a flower, that produces more seeds, so there can be more life.
Today ask Jesus to help you die to wrong and selfish desires and to give you the grace to live sacrificially for Him and generously toward others. Allow yourself to die, so others may experience Jesus' life through you.
Lord Jesus, forgive me when I have tried to remain alive to my own drives and desires. With your help, I lay those things down, and I allow myself to be buried in darkness so that You can produce new life in me. Amen.