“I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24)
“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.” (John 12:24)
Mike Murdock shares that if you had five pounds of iron, you could make money in several different ways. He illustrates his point by discussing three possibilities.
You could use the iron to make horseshoes. If so the iron would be worth about $10.
You could use the iron to make needles. After you made the needles you would have turned your five pounds of iron into $300.
Or, you could use the iron to make watch springs. If you took this route the iron would be worth several thousand dollars.
It is normal for things to increase. The scriptures talk about common tools and tools used for honor, it all depends on the usefulness of the tool, the tool’s availability. The tool of honor produces more than a tool that is left hanging on the wall.
Jesus called his disciples “fishers of men”, they were to use their lives to impact as many others as they could. They multiplied their influence and resources. In the end the disciples created more disciples.
Jesus spoke often about seeds. Seeds create crops which sustain life which in turn leads to more crops in an ongoing and wondrous cycle. The seeds create sustenance.
He once spoke about an acorn. That acorn in the right soil produces a tree, and that tree becomes so large it is teeming with life as birds and animals make their homes there. The tree creates a place where life creates life. The secret to this life though is that something must first die. The seed dies so a tree can be born.
There is a day where a seed, a self-driven life consumed with its own desires, loses itself in the soil of God’s grace and proclaims, “Not my will but yours be done.” That kernel dies in a process whereby it is transformed into something greater as it becomes a new life.
The seed becomes a flower, the seed becomes a tree, the seed becomes a crop, the seed becomes a harvest.
Jesus was the first to lay down his life, fall into the ground and die and produce a new life that he would reproduce in those willing to receive that Paul calls “Christ in you” (Colossians 1:27). You can learn more about Paul's letters at the Cleveland Baptist Church.
To the woman at the well Jesus shares the secret to this new life; “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water” (John 4:10).
The seed need only be willing to surrender itself, and then ask to be made new. Grace handles the rest, and then life truly begins.