“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains by itself alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit” (Jn. 12:24 NAS).
There is not a single one of us who takes delight in giving up control of our lives. We all want to be in charge; we do not want our lives to be governed by another individual. Yet Christianity begins with relinquishing control of our lives.
Jesus spoke the parable above and said “unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains by itself alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” This is a figurative description of surrendering our lives to Him. He began the statement with “truly, truly.” He was giving us an important principle of life. Fruitfulness in our Christian walk comes by surrendering control of our lives to Him. This simply means to start living by what HE WANTS and not what WE WANT. This is what it means to have Christ as Lord. Until He is your Lord, your life will not bear fruit. The paradox in this statement is that we think that surrendering to Him will cause us to lose the joy of living, but on the contrary, it will produce a tremendous blessing. If Christ does not lord over us, then sin, addiction, depression, Satan, and other things will control and rule us. Surrendering to Christ is a blessing!
Think carefully on the scripture above. Your life is the grain of wheat. It dies by surrendering control. Are you dead or alive?
Ask the Father to show you that surrendering the control of your life to Christ is actually a blessing and not a curse.
There are believers who are dying from the consequences of harboring bitterness or not being forgiving, yet are fervent in praying for God’s intervention. If they would only do what Jesus wants them to do, then fear, suffering, and gloom will not lord over them. The most subtle form of the “religious spirit” pervading the Body of Christ today are those believers who have Jesus as Savior, but not as Lord. They are saved, yet they live the way THEY WANT. If Jesus is not Lord, something else will lord over us, whether sin, disease, fear, depression, addiction, etc. Protect your life today by making Christ your Lord indeed! Do not call Him Lord and then go about doing what you feel like doing. You “call Him Lord” by doing what He says. Become a doer of the Word today.
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