“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. 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. 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. Right now I am storm-tossed. And what am I going to say? “Father, get me out of this?” No, this is why I came in the first place. I’ll say, “Father, put your glory on display.” John 12:24-28 MSG
Isn’t it amazing how God tells you exactly what you need to hear at the right moment? I had that incredible, yet tough feeling today when I read this verse in my quiet time. How was that incredible, yet tough to read you might ask? First, it is always incredible to me when I realize that God is speaking directly to me. He is always speaking to me, but sometimes it takes me a second to realize that and let it fully sink in. Second, it is tough to hear God’s words sometimes because of my own worldly desires. Today was just a reminder that my life belongs to God, not me.
This verse is Jesus talking to his disciples right before he is betrayed by Judas. Obviously, Jesus knew what was about to happen, but he uses his last moments on Earth to teach instead of being fearful, which is just incredible in itself. If I knew I was about to die, how would I react? Probably not as cool and collected as Jesus was. He glorified God even down to his final breath.
Now back to the meaning of the verse and how it resonated with me this morning. I am sure I can speak for a lot of us when I say that giving up things is not easy. I love consistency, and I absolutely without a doubt hate change. We try to hold on to the life around us. I feel like we tend to grasp on to the consistency in life like when we hang on for dear life when we are on a roller coaster at an amusement park. We want things to stay the same, but that makes us complacent and stuck. It is not necessarily bad, but we are not moving forward.
As followers of Christ, we should always be moving forward. We should strive to grow in our faith and our walk with God, in order to better glorify Him in every single thing we say and do. In order to grow, we have to step outside of our comfort zone. We have to embrace change and learn from it. We have to turn our present situations into something that glorifies God, whether that be something big or small. As followers of Christ, we should never be content with where we are at. We should always want more, all for the Kingdom of God.
During our time of pushing forward for Christ, we are going to be uncomfortable. We are going to have to make sacrifices. We are going to have to die, only to be renewed in Christ Jesus. We are going to have to lose things, maybe even lose people. We are going to be vulnerable. We are going to be sacred. We are going to be faced with rejection. That is the “price” we pay as followers of Christ, but you know what? It is so worth it.
Growth comes from loss. We have to allow those things to happen in order to make room for the beauty that will sprout from it. It is hard to see the big picture, but we cannot see the growth of a seed until it starts coming out of the ground. You are growing from the losses in your life even if you do not see it yet.
In my life, I do not want to focus on my losses. I want to live with a sense of trust and complete and utter abandonment to the things of this world, and a complete and utter trust in God and the amazing things I know He will do through me. I am ready and willing to put my trust in God even when it seems like I have lost everything. The good thing is, I will never lose my God.