Posted by: Heather | June 3, 2010

Dying to Live

John 12:24-25  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. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.

Ah, summer!  Well, it’s almost summer anyway.  I am not one who enjoys heat in the least, so the sky-high temperatures of summer do not appeal to me at all.  But, summer conjures up visions of enjoyment in various forms.  This is the season when water sports and outdoor activities are at a peak, and we begin to reap the bountiful harvest of the gardens we worked so hard to plant and tend.  It is the time of many pleasant things, even if you don’t like the heat.

My family has tried gardening in various forms over the past few years.  Unfortunately, it just hasn’t done well for us.  But, even though we haven’t had much success, it doesn’t deter me from learning about square foot gardening this year, and having hopes that next year things will be different.  I’d like to build some beds and attempt again next spring (or even this fall if we can get it together by then).

That said, I bought my first cantaloupe of the season yesterday.  Melons are favorites in our house, especially cantaloupe and watermelon.  My crew can easily go through an entire large watermelon in 24 hours or less!  I cut that cantaloupe this morning.  Of course, I’d always noticed they had seeds in them.  But, this cantaloupe seemed to have an overflowing amount.   It seemed there were hundreds of seeds in there.  My 6 year old asked why there were so many seeds inside.  I explained to her that the seeds inside could be planted to grow more cantaloupe.

Even though this is a fact I’ve known most of my life, just saying it brought a new understanding of what this meant.  We plant seeds in our gardens in the hope of getting a good harvest.  In our modern day world, we think of that harvest as the end product.  In reality, the harvest is only a new beginning.  We plant a seed, and harvest fruit.  Within that fruit are multiple new seeds.  If those seeds are planted, they produce more fruit.  Within that cantaloupe I cut this morning was the potential for hundreds of new vines, with potentially thousands of cantaloupe.  Those cantaloupes, in turn, would produce thousands of new vines with their corresponding fruit.  It is an ongoing cycle that we have lost sight of.

In years gone by, the seed was more valuable than the actual fruit.  The harvest was put up to eat during the winter, but the seeds were saved so a new garden could be planted the next year.  Without those seeds, the potential for a harvest next year was zero.   Without them, there was no hope for future food.

This also holds true in our spiritual lives.  If we care more for our lives here on earth than we do our relationship with God,  we will eventually lose our lives with no hope of salvation.  However, if we live our lives with the primary goal of being pleasing to God, our actions become like seeds planted in the ground.  As we lose our lives, dying to self and living unto the Lord, we will reap the harvest of blessings.  These blessings will not be just for us, but for those around us.  As we plant seeds into the lives of others, they will begin to reap the fruit, and in return, they will sow seed into the lives of others, producing fruit with new seeds to be planted.  The final effect would be widespread.

If we as Christians could truly grasp this concept, we would see worldwide revival on a scale like never before…simply beginning the process by planting one seed.

God bless you!


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