Very truly I tell you, 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.
Anyone who loves their life will lose it,
while anyone who hates their life in this world
will keep it for eternal life. John 12:24-25
When I need information on growing things, I don’t bother with YouTube or other websites, I go right to the source…my father-in-law, Bob Crawford. Bob is a retired high school biology teacher and principal with a Masters Degree in Soil Science. (This man knows the dirt on everything). So when I asked him to explain the germination process, something clicked for me.
The hard outer shell of the wheat seed (the bran) serves as a protective layer for the DNA and energy supply within. In order for the seed to accomplish its created purpose in life, that hard shell must disintegrate and allow the germination process to proceed. New life and many seeds will result. That’s the way God has designed the nature of things.
If we want to follow Jesus, we have to give up our life and obey Him. We must allow God’s Spirit to penetrate our tough exteriors and expose us to the truth (about Him…and us). Only through our surrender and obedience to His will can the spiritual germination process begin. Jesus promises a new and fruitful life if we allow Him to do this.
For all the risk this entails, I know I do not want to be one of those seeds that never germinates, never accomplishes its created process. How sad to try to control my life, and lose it in the long run.
What new risk of faith is Jesus calling you to? What does it look like for you to pick up your cross daily and follow Him? How is the germination process going?