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My New Life

     Sometimes a statement or phrase stays with you long after you’ve heard it; something to ponder or meditate on.  Just this week, I was thanking the Lord for all He has done for me.  My heart was filled with such gratitude and praise as I thought about my current life.  In response to this overwhelming thought, I started to tell the Lord how much I loved my life, but I stopped as His Word came to mind, which says: “He who loves his life will lose it…” (John 12:25).  I paused and thought about that for a moment.  Suddenly this phrase came to mind, “Lord, I love the life You have created for me.”  Yes, that better summarized what I meant to say. I have pondered this now for several days.  I know my life could have taken many different paths.  I could easily have become an alcoholic, an abused wife, a single mom — the list could go on and on.  But by the mercy of God, my life is anything but those things! 

     In meditating on those words, “…the life You have created for me…,” I looked up John 12:25 to see what Jesus was referring to when He warned us of loving our life.  In context, Jesus said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.  He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.  If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also.  If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor” (John 12:24-26).  He was talking about finding life out of death. 

     Think about the grain of wheat as a single seed.  It can do nothing unless it is willing to die first.  Suppose I had a precious seed given to me.  I could love it, pet it, carry it around with me everywhere, but at the end of the day (day after day) it would still just be a single seed with all its potential buried deep within, never allowed to come out because of my selfish love.  That is how our lives are.  Paul said, “Foolish one, what you sow is not made alive unless it dies” (1 Corinthians 15:36).

     I have died many times… in my flesh.  I have literally had to kill my own will at times.  Everything within me would want to do something a certain way, but God’s Word would gently rise up in my heart like a knife in my hand.  There it would be in front of me — a choice.  Would I love my life (my lusts, my selfish desires) more than I loved God?  Or would I take the knife (the sword of the Spirit) and die to my flesh?  I haven’t always made the right decision.  I have given in to my selfishness.  But Jesus said, “If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me.”  I do love Jesus.  When I was lost, “He inclined to me and heard my cry.  He also brought me up out of the horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps” (Psalm 40:1-2).  How could I not follow Him?  How could I continually choose my will over His?

     Little by little, with every choice to die to my flesh and follow Him and His ways, the single seed that I allowed to die began to produce fruit.  The multiplication factor was greater than I could ever have imagined!  To such a degree, that one day I said in my heart, “Lord, I love the life you have created for me.”  Where there was once barren land, a seed was planted.  The seed gave up its life and died; but through its death, a sprout broke through the barren ground and where there was once no color, vibrant color exploded on the scene!  The sprout grew and produced a flower which had, not just one seed but, many more seeds.  Each of them fell to the ground and died as well.  And with each death, life was produced; but not just one life – much life!  The death of one selfish desire produced a harvest (a multitude) of blessing!

     In the natural, seed-bearing plants have the highest potential to change into a different and usually more complex or better form.  And although seeds vary in dimension, their original size has little to do with the size of their production.  And lastly, the period of dormancy in which the seed lies alone doesn’t hinder its potential!  Now compare these truths to our lives – God created us in such a way that when we give our entire spirit, soul, and body over to Him, there is a high potential for us to change into something better than we were originally.  And how we started is not how we have to finish. 

     Within each human being, God placed a tiny part of Himself.  When a person is born-again, their seed awakens with potential and the possibilities are unlimited.  But unless the bearer of that seed allows it to die, “…it remains alone.  But if it dies, it produces much grain.”   “For whoever desires to save his life {his seed} will lose it, but whoever loses his life {his seed} for My sake will save it.  For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost?” (Luke 9:24-25).   You and I can follow the ways of this world, building our own kingdoms, but in the end, will there be a harvest?

     With great love, God said, “For I know the thoughts {plans, purposes and intentions} that I think toward you… thoughts {plans, purposes and intentions} of peace {health, happiness, prosperity, wellness, safety and favor} and not of evil {grief, sorrow and wretchedness}, to give you a future and a hope {a created and expected end}” (Jeremiah 29:11, paraphrase added). Is it easy?  Looking back, it doesn’t look as hard as it felt at the time.  But once again, God’s Word was proven true.  “Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy.  He who continually goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his {harvest} with him” (Psalm 126:5-6).  God is so sweet and understanding.  He knows that losing one’s life often hurts during the process.  But the joy that replaces the tears is so worth it all!  Without hesitation, give your life, your whole life, to God.  I guarantee you will join me in saying, “Lord, I love the life you have created for me.”

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Mary Boaz permalink
    February 1, 2010 6:51 pm

    Beautiful!!!!!!!!!! Thank you for sharing this beautiful revelation of God’s love. I pray this two will multiply and bless many, many others as it has blessed me. What a loving Father we serve!

  2. Rita Graves permalink
    February 5, 2010 10:20 am

    Daphne ,I have see this to be so true in my own life. As I look back at the seed I planted I wonder even now how I made it through the process, but I stand on the word that “With God all things are possible.” I don’t yet see the full growth of what my obedience will reap, but I know God has a plan and one day I will see the great things he has in store for my life and the lives my life will touch.

  3. February 5, 2010 4:14 pm

    Great post…I love that it is CHRIST IN US producing the fruit. We don’t have to focus on anything but the choice right in front of us. I love the life God has created in me. I love the marriage God has created between Ronnie and me. The joy of the LORD is my strength!!! If you could ask your brother and his ministry to pray for my mom and dad (Anita and Jim Dunkin) who live in Paige (just 10 miles up the road from Bastrop), I would be incredibly grateful. My dad isn’t saved, and my mom has been out of fellowship with the Lord for 30 years. Thanks for sharing!!!

    • February 6, 2010 12:40 am

      Dawn, We will definitely pray for your family! Thank you for the info. Knowing the Lord, we may even get a chance to meet them someday.. 😀 -Dane

  4. Tori Prothro permalink
    February 6, 2010 1:52 pm

    My best friend, you never cease to amaze me! I appreciate your obedience to the holy spirit! This word is so timely and encouraging. Such a great reminder that, though we are tempted, not giving in to our flesh reaps such a reward. God will honor our obedience and sacrifice to Him. Thanks for your strong Christian uncompromising example. Love you….

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