John 12:20-26 (ESV)
20 Now among those who went up to worship at the feast were some Greeks. 21 So these came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and asked him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” 22 Philip went and told Andrew; Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. 23 And Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. 25 Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.
Jesus here refers to his death not as something in the distant future, but as imminent. He, like the grain of wheat, must die in order to bring life.
While Jesus first refers to himself, he also refers to his disciples and followers. They, too, must die to themselves in order to serve and follow Him. We are to delight in the Lord more than life in this world. Following Christ is about self-sacrifice, following the example the Christ has shown us at the cross.
With Easter drawing near, is this something we have fully considered? Have we committed ourselves to following Christ while simultaneously holding onto our worldly lives? Or have we died to those lives in order to fully serve and follow Christ?
Heavenly Father, I pray that I glorify you in all I do. I want to honor you with my life fully, and die to my former self and truly devote my life to following you and serving you. In Christ’s name, Amen.