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In John 12, Jesus talked about a single seed of grain,
How that would predict his death he would have to explain.
Unless the kernel of wheat would be planted in the ground and die,
It would remain a single seed and dormant on the ground would lie.
But if it dies, it will germinate and grow into a plant,
That will produce many more seeds, denying it is a mystery, we can't.
Jesus compared this to a person who fights to love and save his life,
And doesn't give himself to God's control, it will always end in strife.
But if you give your life to Jesus, following wherever he leads,
He will honor you for serving him and provide for all your needs.
Yes, it was a struggle for Jesus to die, he prayed for God to save him,
But in the end chose obedience to the Father and gave his every limb.
The reason Jesus died was so he could be lifted up and draw all men to him,
He glorified the Father and brought light to a world that was dim.
He desires we believe in him and thus the Father and walk in the light,
So we know where we are going and not stumble in the dark of night.
So if we want God to use us like the seed and Jesus Christ, the Son,
We need to die to self and follow Jesus, who the victory over death has won.
Then he will transform us into a light that will shine, into many a heart,
Making Jesus known to those around us with his eternal life to impart.
Written by Dwain V. Fowler - May 2020

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Where have we heard this phrase before? Almost every Sunday, we are challenged to live our lives, model our behavior and allow Jesus to shine through us so that others will clearly know that we serve the true and living God. 

This was the same desire God had for the nation of Israel, God's chosen people.   In Deuteronomy 7:6, we read the following. “For you are a people holy to the Lord your God.  The Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be His people, His treasured possession.”

In I Peter this proclamation is extended to all believers. In I Peter 2:9, we read some very similar words, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.”

We are not perfect, but we have been forgiven and have been given the responsibility (chosen) to show the world who Jesus is. Ask God to give you opportunity to share with others the reason why you have hope in Christ as stated in I Peter 3:15: “But in your hearts set apart Christ Jesus as Lord.  Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.  But do this with gentleness and respect.”

Please take time and meditate on these encouraging verses! 

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