Brings Much Fruit
assure you: Unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains
by itself. But if it dies, it produces a large crop.”—John 12:24
Some things must die in order to be productive. Certain seeds will not
germinate into a plant unless they freeze during the winter. Jesus knew that His
death would bring salvation to the world.
The moment you became a Christian, your sinful nature died (Rom. 6:6), but there
remained sinful aspects of your character that had not gone to their graves
willingly. Before you became a Christian were you self-centered? You may
discover selfishness lingering in your life when you ought to be freely sharing
what you have in the name of Christ (Matt. 10:8). Did
you have a volatile temper? Now as a believer, you experience moments when anger
wells up within you. Were you driven by ambition? You may still find yourself
with the same motivation as you strive for recognition and position in the
kingdom of God.
If these sinful attitudes are allowed to remain alive, they will stifle the
fruits of the Spirit. Your temper may prevent some from coming to Jesus. Your
selfishness will hinder you from being a blessing to those around you. Your
ambition could cause you to use others to meet your goals. Your family may be
suffering because of some areas of your life that you have never allowed Jesus
to put to death. It is futile to say, "But that's just the way I am!” That is
the way you were. But that person died with Christ; you are a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17).
Allow God to complete His work in you and see what fruit your life
produces.—Experiencing God Day by Day