Be Still Know
John 12:24 NLT
‘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.’
Seeds give birth to plants. This has both human and supernatural dimensions. As a fertilised egg, I naturally progress to birth and then continue to develop physically, emotionally and intellectually until the day I eventually die. This is the common human experience, with a variety of expressions where what has been presented as the norm of human biological growth takes a different path due to disease and disability. Yet, growth still takes place. Now as I age, my strength fails and I ache more and my body is less supple.
Jesus speaks with Nicodemus of new birth as a Christian. Huge potential is represented in the choice we make to pursue Jesus. Yet such growth depends on the conditions to which we subject ourselves. Simply being born again guarantees very little, as far as maturity. My fear is always that my growth in God may well prove stunted as I fail to germinate effectively.
Seeds require soil and so I must consider the soil into which I fall. Jesus fell into the soil of desolation and from it emerged the saviour of the world, a plant capable of sustaining all of creation. What is my soil? I know from my limited gardening experience that success has much to do with soil, yet also positioning; the right amount of sun and shade matters. So I need to do some work in establishing how this new-born part of me is best nurtured. The original human me has frameworks in place; parents, siblings, school, hobbies. I am aided in my development.
It is only as I make my way through life that I discover the need to allow my natural self to die; I have to be the casing from which God’s kingdom purpose emerges. My battle has been to wrestle with God over how I would like my life to be lived, noticed and remembered against the life God buried within me from conception, stirred when born again and left to flourish or fail upon the choices I am able to make.
QUESTION: In what ways have you changed since you were born again?
PRAYER: Lord, would you produce a harvest for the kingdom from my life?