John 12: 24-26
Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honour.
On Sunday morning we looked at these verses from John as we thought about Harvest. In verse 24 the idea is that a single grain of wheat dies in the ground in order to grow and become many grains, but what struck me is that what grows is not just dependent on the right conditions of good soil, heat from the sun, and water from rain, but what pollinated the flower of the plant from which the seed came. If the wheat was pollinated from the same type of wheat, then more of the same wheat will grow from the grain, but if it was cross-pollinated from a different type of wheat or grass, it will not be a true strain of the wheat.
If our lives are pollinated by God, we will grow and flourish and bring glory to Him; but if they are pollinated by things of the world, we will struggle to grow in our faith and will not be good witnesses for God.
Father God, thank you that you are the master gardener and know what is best for each one of us. Thank you that as we put our trust in you more and more you will help us grow in your likeness and bring glory to your name. Guard us against the temptations of this world so that we may be true to you in all we do and not bring dishonour on your name. Amen.