God is in the business of producing in all His children the same “failure” His oldest Son experienced and demonstrated because, “…except a grain of wheat fall into the earth and die, it remains by itself alone.”
How many times in history have great revivals been experienced within the Christian movement—only to fizzle, and dwindle, and disintegrate into seeming defeat? Those viewing this seeming anomaly will say, “How discouraging and disappointing.” Yet, “…except a grain of wheat fall into the earth and die, it remains by itself alone.”
At first blush, it seems the picture Jesus paints is of a seed falling into the ground, dying, and then growing to maturity. An acorn falls into the ground, dies, then progresses to maturity in the appearance of an oak tree.
But the biblical picture is of a seed dying and producing what it was never capable of producing in its natural state. A mustard seed of faith is planted—an oak tree of spiritual strength, unshakeable identity, and deep roots is produced!
Christianity is always a forlorn hope in the eyes of the world because it is always “dying.” Yet God consistently brings about something that never was. It is a spiritual principle.
What point—or logic—is there in clinging to temporal life, as if this planet offers us what our souls long to realize? A temporal place cannot assuage an eternal desire. Thus, to achieve what our hearts long to realize, a dying must occur. Our hope springs eternal for good reason, multiplying, comforting, and connecting us to our true roots as the family of God.
This fundamental principal remains: Our hope as Christians rests in the fact that our death with Christ enables Him to bring about something that never was: a joint heir with Christ. In this death, we are resurrected in Him, filled with the Spirit, growing into completeness, reflective of Him, His life, His strength, and His purpose. In this death and resurrection we are connected, not alone. In this we are people of hope, not despair. In this He multiplies His purpose in us and through us.
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