Monday, August 3, 2009

Unless a grain of wheat falls...


We live in an opposite world. Opposite of what God would have for us. So much sin. So much pride. Lack of love. The world tells us to watch out for "number one" (ourselves) while God tells us that if any one desires to follow Him we must deny ourselves. The world tells woman to "stand up for themselves" while God calls women to be gentle and submissive. The world tells us to worry more about our looks then the condition of our hearts.

This scripture brilliantly describes how we are to die to ourself and why:

John 12:24-26

"I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains [just one grain; it never becomes more but lives] by itself alone. But if it dies, it produces many others and yields a rich harvest. Anyone who loves his life loses it, but anyone who hates his life in this world will keep it to life eternal. [Whoever has no love for, no concern for, no regard for his life here on earth, but despises it, preserves his life forever and ever.] If anyone serves Me, he must continue to follow Me [to cleave steadfastly to Me, conform wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying] and wherever I am, there will My servant be also. If anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him."

How can you die to yourself today?