Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” (John 12:24) Jesus begins to warn His disciples of His impending death; that His hour has come to be glorified. He then equates His life (and by extension, ours as well) to seeds that must die for them to produce many seeds. A seed is the prolific (productive) principle of future life. The germ of life in the grain of wheat can only pass into others by departing from the original grain and leaving it dead. Jesus’ death brought about the Helper, the Holy Spirit (the germ of life, if you will, in Jesus) coming to our world and coming into us. Ultimate multiplication! Are we dying in order to multiply? (Multiplying takes sacrifice!)
Seeds do not carry with them instant satisfaction. Don’t we wish they did?! A plant does not grow overnight, well except for Jack’s beanstalk. Seeds represent giving and maybe not receiving anything in return at first. 1 Corinthians 15:36-38 (NLT) says, “When you put a seed into the ground, it doesn’t grow into a plant unless it dies first. And what you put in the ground is not the plant that will grow, but only a dry little seed of wheat or whatever it is you are planting. Then God gives it a new body — just the kind he wants it to have. A different kind of plant grows from each kind of seed.” Our seed must die. This means letting your idea of what form something should have die and allowing God to give it the form or body that He desires and intends.
This past Sunday morning, I provided a way for you to respond to what God was saying to you personally. The response was in the form of a seed in your hand and a pot of soil on the stage in the front of the auditorium. Everyone was asked to take a moment, pray and consider what their seed represented in their life that they needed to let die; give to God; and allow Him to give a new body (new life) to. Next, as an act of obedience, to come forward planting that representative seed. When we truly trust God with everything in our lives, we will also trust Him to give our hopes, dreams, even our greatest need resurrection life!
What does your seed represent? Have you let it die? Do you trust God with your seed?