Truly, truly I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains by itself alone. But if it dies, it bears much fruit. John 12:24
I point it out to my kids. The moss and baby tree growing out of a dead one. And I whispered the truth, “God did that to point to Jesus. His death brings life…”
And isn’t it like God to change the order of things?
What looks like an end is a beginning. What looks like defeat is victory. And life comes from death.
Elisabeth Elliot spoke of little deaths as opportunities to say yes to God and no to yourself.
An opportunity to forgive instead of hold a grudge…
A chance to use self-control instead of yelling.
Offering the benefit of the doubt instead of jumping to conclusions.
Giving your resources to help others when you really want to buy that fun toy or cute sweater.
Little deaths. Dying to what we want so we can live for what God wants.
And it hurts to die. But there is joy because as we die to ourselves, God brings new life – fruit is produced.
So are you ready to die so that you can live? What little deaths do you need to be willing to die?
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