John 12:23-26 ERV, “ Jesus said to them, “The time has come for the Son of Man to receive his glory. It is a fact that a grain of wheat must fall to the ground and die before it can grow and produce much more wheat. If it never dies, it will never be more than a single seed. Whoever loves the life they have now will lose it. But whoever is willing to give up their life in this world will keep it. They will have eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me. My servants must be with me everywhere I am. My Father will give honor to anyone who serves me.”
Did you catch that? If it never dies, it won’t ever be more than a single seed. Ever wonder why things don’t work out like you think they should? Ever wonder why your dream has seemingly died? It’s a process to be more than just a single seed. It’s such a huge truth that I almost missed it.
You remember Joseph? You can find his story in Genesis 37. He had a dream, but after he shared it his brothers threw him in a pit and sold him into slavery. He went through a series of detours, accused of rape, imprisoned and forgotten until Gods plan was ready to unfold to save a nation. Sometimes we just think way too small. We’re ready for the big promise to unfold, we just don’t understand why it’s taking so long. We cry, we pray, we quit then repeat the cycle multiple times.
How many times will we dig up our seed in an effort to see if it’s still there? Don’t we understand we’re only prolonging the end result? We must trust God! He has a plan that we can’t see or understand with our frail human thinking. It’s a matter of time and trust and seriously, we’re not very good at either of these.
So next time you’re tempted to dig up the seed, perhaps you should look up and say these words: Father, never-the-less, not my will but yours be done. Hey, it’s what Jesus prayed in the garden when his flesh struggled with what he’d have to go through. He knew Gods plan was perfect even though he’d have to endure extreme suffering to bring it about. You haven’t been asked to hang on a cross yet! You’ve only been asked to pick up yours and carry it.
So if your arm is tired of carrying your cross, look again. It’s a sword (the Word of God) that you can use daily to speak over every situation you face, every enemy you encounter to gain victory in your race. His Word is a seed and a weapon. Those who use it wisely will win.