Recently, I had my first fresh ear of corn of the summer. My, how delicious! You can’t just eat one.
The Bible tells us that unless a grain of corn falls to the ground (note John’s words in John 12:24 KJV): 24) "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."
Picture this: A grain of corn falls to the ground and germinates and grows. It becomes mature and produces several ears containing many kernels. Some fall to the ground and some are swept up by animals and humans. They are spread in a large area, and one by one they germinate, grow and become a stalk of corn with several ears. You get the picture. An entire field -- an acre, 10 acres, and corn is everywhere.
This is what Jesus meant. As His children live their lives devoted to Him and “die” to self, the result is the spreading of the knowledge and devotion to Jesus. That’s God’s plan. One can be devoted to Jesus, however, and do things; but as He told Martha in Luke 10:41-42 (KJV): 41) "Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: 42) But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her."
What did Martha choose? She chose to sit at Jesus' feet and learn of Him. Oswald Chambers in “My Utmost for His Highest” noted, “Jesus did not say 'make converts to your way of thinking, but 'look after My sheep, see that they get nourished in the knowledge of Me.' We count as service what we do in the way of Christian work; Jesus Christ calls service what we are to Him, not what we do for Him. Discipleship is based on devotion to Jesus Christ, not on adherence to a belief or a creed. 'If any man come to Me and hate not (everything else) .... he cannot be My disciple.'"
Our world is in great need of a moral revival, and there is a need for the Church Jesus built on confession that He was the Son of God to stand up and be counted and live the life of “death” that Jesus proposed when He commanded us to go into “your” world and share the good news and make disciples.(Matthew 28:18f)
Today, there are many who profess to be followers of Jesus but have not the commitment to live a life of “dying” to their world. Just imagine if each disciple were to lead one soul to Christ and that one does the same. Our world would begin to take on a completely different character and we would see a world of loving individuals, not a world of self-seekers and power grabbers.
Keep in mind we cannot save one soul. It’s not our task. Our task is to just share the good news of Jesus. Learn of Jesus. He has the plan, and it is the only plan to cure the ills of this world today.
I pray you will join me in becoming what Jesus would have us be. My, my! I can just taste it now -- that fresh corn that has died to itself to give me that fresh ear of deliciousness. Our world can be also a wonderful place of God-loving humans who are looking after God’s creation as He commanded Adam in the beginning.