In John 12:24, Jesus was preparing the disciples for His impending journey to the cross when He told them, “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.”
But in John 12:25, He begins to change the focus from what was in His immediate future to what discipleship requires when He said, “Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.”
Every day we are given opportunities to lose our lives. When the waiter slams your food on the table and doesn’t come back to fill your drink, it’s easy to let your flesh out of its cage and let the complaining begin.
When you are lied to, mistreated and taken advantage of, it’s normal to fight back, defend yourself and demand your rights. In fact, it’s not only normal – it’s human.
Every time you choose to serve others, choose last place in line, choose to stand so other’s can sit, choose to put someone else’s needs above your own for Jesus’ sake…every time you choose to die, your life speaks life to someone else.
Galatians 2:20 tells us…
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
No matter how you look at it, it’s a win, win situation when we chose to make our eternity intentional!