Last spring the kids and I planted seeds. We stuck those radish and turnip seeds just the right amount into the dark soil. We watered, we nurtured, we waited.
Before the new life, that seed went into the ground to die.
I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels—a plentiful harvest of new lives. Those who love their life in this world will lose it. Those who care nothing for their life in this world will keep it for eternity. John 12: 24-25
I’ve heard this Bible verse talked about so many times, and every time it sounds so easy. Just let it die. Like there’s no pain in it.
The kids and I, we get our gloves on and push that seed into the ground. It seems straight forward.
And we talk about that verse like it’s nothing to push that seed of our heart into the ground.
We face obstacles, trials, loss and suffering. We face failures. Dreams die. Precious things we’ve held dear in our lives fall apart. Tears fall.
This seed of faith, once cultivated by big dreams and great plans falls into the ground and dies. The dark weight of the dirt presses in on all sides, the mess of our lives caving in on this one seed, and in the crushing, it begins to grow.
Who said it was easy? It can be painful.
Even Jesus pleaded with God before the crucifixion, “Father, remove this cup from me. But please, not what I want. What do you want?” Even Jesus felt agony in going to the Cross and fulfilling God’s will for humanity.
Sweat, wrung from him like drops of blood, poured off his face.
He had to die for the resurrection to take place, for us to have this resurrection life.
And we have bad days, crushing days. The seed dies, but beneath the surface, life takes form.
Some parts of our lives would have been easier to skip. Like we could just beg the Father to remove this trial from our lives.
But then we’d skip the redemption, the new life, the bloom. And without the death of that seed, we’d miss the growth on the underside.
Sometimes the broken choruses we’d like to skip over are the very ones that make life worth it.
Jesus transforms us. He takes that seed and redeems its life.
“For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” James 1:2-4
We can’t see the work happening on the underside that’s growing us and producing fruit in this place of surrender, growing us completely, fully developing us for this life of surrender, this harvest.
Complete redemption. Resurrection life.
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