“Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life” (Jn 12:24, 25)
The Cross is not just a historical event. It is also a practical revelation for the Believer. Jesus died and He rose again. That is my destiny too. I do not have to wait eighty years for ‘my death’ to come. By faith, in Christ, I can ‘die’ now…to sin, to my fleshly desires and to the world. This death is not just a doctrine. It is also a sacred experience. Many claim they obeyed this command. But the proof of obedience is only seen in the future. It is the supernatural, unexplained, abundant, spiritual and always surprising fruitfulness of a soul who lives in the power of resurrection and to the glory of God.
Disobedience to this command means deep, incurable loneliness. Any area of your life that is still ‘in your power’ shall have no mate, no child, no friend and no disciple. In spite of many prayers and much labor, there are many lonely lives, barren marriages and isolated ministries all over the world.
The solution is simple in theory but not easy in practice. It is the application of the Cross, with its shame, weakness and glory. You have to let go of your life and surrender it to God. This is not just an event in the past. The Holy Spirit shall reveal areas of your life that are yet to be planted in the vineyard of God. Even with your marriage, this surrendering rarely happens on your weeding day. You may pray about it but in practice it takes some years before you are ready to let go, so that ‘the falling and dying’ of it produce abiding results of maturity and fruitfulness.
Practically, how do you know that you have not yet surrendered a particular area of your life and ministry to God?
The answer is this: self is still active there! You still love it; you still defend it; you are still very jealous and possessive of it. When men criticize that area of your life, you feel grieved and angry and you quarrel to defend it. Once you give it to God (where it belongs) immediately you have peace and miraculously you start enjoying your new free life. Much pain can be avoided in marriage once the surrender is complete. This is the secret of true godly success in the Kingdom of God. This is the only prescription for healing and happiness in this world and in the one to come. Nothing else works quite the same. Your pain should not be in vain! Your tears should not wet your pillow for too long! These should direct you to the feet of Jesus who died and rose again. He is the only way to truth and life everlasting! May your heart receive ‘the injection’ of truth today! And finally, be free indeed!
In Christ I declare:
I am a child of God!
I die to self and to the world!
I am hid in Christ!
When He appears, I shall appear with Him in Glory!
I am a fruitful vine!
To the glory of God!
In Jesus name