Have you ever looked at a large tree, and wondered where the seed went? It’s a strange question, but consider the absence of the seed. An oak tree doesn’t have a special commemorative plaque on it – “To the acorn that started it all, 50 years ago.” Nope, the acorn is nowhere to be seen. No, only the life of the acorn remains. And the giving of that life meant the ending of that acorn’s existence.
This idea is very similar to the illustration of our Lord Jesus. He said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.” – John 12:24
Imagine if someone planted a seed, but the seed decided that it didn’t want to give up it’s existence. He said, “I’m a seed, I’m a good thing. I don’t want to change. I don’t want to die. Why should I loose my existence or position. Imagine, if all around the world, seeds made this decision. (Ignoring the fact that such things have no personality or decision making ability) Think about the consequences! We would have no food the next year. World chaos would ensue.
But literal seeds are not the issue here. Our Lord was not talking about corn, wheat, or acorns. The next verse said, “He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.” He was talking about us. Our lives.
Here’s the illustration. In order for you to fulfill your purpose in life, you must give up your identity. You must surrender your rights. You must refuse to follow the world’s calling to pridefully commemorate yourself. As Jesus did, we must give our lives. Jesus laid down His life. As a result, His life now lives in each and every person who accepts Him.
Now it’s our turn. We can’t lay down our lives “exactly” as He did.He’s not asking us to erect physical crosses in our back yard, and go die on them. But we can lay down our lives, our passions, our will, and our personal interests, in the interest of serving and glorifying Him. Yes, we must die, just like that acorn “dies.”
But to lay down your life, and to die to yourself, is the only way to truly live.
An acorn that refuses to die, eventually rots and becomes useless. It is the same with the Christian life. If it is not given completely over to the Father’s control, if the life inside is not allowed to be given out for fear of losing personal identity- its usefulness is limited.
I challenge you, give up your life- in pursuit of glorifying God. Just like there is no limit to the ultimate offspring an acorn can produce if it gives it’s life. There is no limit to the spiritual fruit you can ultimately have a hand in, if you will only fully surrender your life to God, and truly begin to live.
“And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” – Luke 9:23