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 packed a lot into a few statements. First, He uses the analogy of the grain of wheat to represent us. If we are willing to die to ourselves then we will bear much fruit by living the life God created us to live. We have to die to the desires of the flesh and instead live for the desires of the Holy Spirit that dwells within us.
The Expositor’s Bible Commentary says this: “The expression ‘who hates his life’ is a hyperbolic expression which means that one is to base one’s priorities on that which is outside oneself. In this instance, it is to make Christ the Master of one’s life.” Jesus was all about serving others, even to the point of death and He wants us to be focused on the same thing—putting the needs of others above our own. Do you put others’ needs above your own?
Lastly, Jesus says we are to serve Him and follow Him. To serve Him is to do the things He would have us do to further His kingdom.
What have you done to serve Jesus lately? Serving Jesus is more than doing for others; it requires us to follow Him and to live a life like His. He was in constant communication with the Father and He only did what the Father told Him to do, and only spoke what the Father told Him to speak. Are your actions what the Father has asked you to do or your own desires? Are your words what the Lord would have you speak, or are they based on what you feel in the moment?
Lord, empower us to do the things You would have us do. Help us to serve others for You. Show us daily how You would have us follow Jesus, so we can bear much fruit.