READ : John 12:20-36
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. (v. 24 NIV)
Trait Ten: The healthy disciple recognizes that every resource comes from the hand of God and is to be used generously for kingdom priorities and purposes.
In this passage Jesus is reminding his hearers that for life to emerge in them, he himself first must be willing to die. Here’s how to apply this truth: For the abundant life of Christ to be lived out in us, we must consistently die to ourselves. Dying to ourselves means that we freely release everything we have been given so others may discover life for themselves.
Are you willing to die to yourself? This is the road to eternal life, the avenue called “discipleship.” Healthy disciples invite the life-transforming Christ to permeate every decision they make. When we invite Christ to live through us, we open-handedly steward or manage carefully every kernel of life entrusted to our care – not for our own sake, but for God’s redemptive work to be accomplished in the hearts of others.
Seeding our daily life lovingly and generously with all the resources we have will lead to the abundant life of discipleship Jesus calls us to receive.
Prayer: Dear Jesus, help me develop what you’ve given me in time, talent, and treasure so you get a good – and eternal – return on your investment.