Sprouting new life

Did you know … in grasses (including wheat), the ripe seed is surrounded by thin, dry scaly leaves, forming a dry husk, otherwise known as the chaff (from a trusty source: Wikipedia). It is not until the chaff is removed that the seed can transform into a new plant. Fancy machines help with this work today, but traditionally, seeds were threshed by beating a bundle of stems over the side of a log and cleaned by tossing the grain into the air on a breezy day so that clean grain falls in a pile and chaff blows away. Some seeds are also planted in the ground, allowing the elements underground to rot and decay the chaff.

Brings new life to Jesus’ statement in John 12:24-26: “I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.”

God doesn’t miss a beat! Not only is He talking about Himself here, that His earthly body must die in order to allow the life in Him to sprout new life in us. But we, too, must yield to Jesus by faith. Let go of anything we cling to in this life and cling to Jesus so that we can spread seeds in others’ lives. Otherwise, we’ll remain a simple seed. It’s not easy (we might get beaten up in the process). It wasn’t easy for Jesus either (remember, he asks God if there’s any other way in Matthew 26:39). We spend a lot of time protecting our lives, safety first, self-preservation, looking out for numero uno. But if we voluntarily submit to our Father’s will and let go of ourselves, we can become a beautiful seedling, blessed by God, and living as a witness to new life. God be glorified!

“Jesus replied, ‘The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.’ ” John 12:23-26

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One thought on “Sprouting new life

  1. Thank you for the precious reminder. That thought of hating our lives seems so easy, but the spirit is willing and the flesh is weak. So thankful for the faithfulness of our God and Savior!

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