Tuesday, November 14, 2006 5:15 p.m.
Behind our house is a corn field. Right now the farmer is harvesting the field. It reminds me of what Jesus said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.” (John 12:24). Only if it dies, it brings forth fruit. We must die to ourselves daily. This is hard to do. We want to enjoy ourselves and have our needs met. But Jesus says that we are to look to the needs of others. We are to esteem others better than ourselves. We are to serve others. Jesus Christ is that corn of wheat that fell into the ground and died. He was “ground in the mill of suffering” (C.I. Scofield) for our sake. We, too, are to die daily in order to bring forth much fruit. Jesus said, “…If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.” (Matthew 16:25).
Thought for Today: “If I refuse to be a corn of wheat that falls into the ground and dies (‘is separated from all in which it lived before’), then I know nothing of Calvary love.” (Amy Carmichael, IF, p. 74).