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Beautiful Transformation

Read John 12:20-29

Jesus replied that the time had come for him to return to his glory in heaven, and that "I must fall and die like a kernel of wheat that falls into the furrows of the earth. Unless I die I will be alone - a single seed. But my death will produce many new wheat kernels - a plentiful harvest of new lives. If you love your life down here - you will lose it. If you despise your life down here - you will exchange it for eternal glory." John 12: 23-25 (TLB)

Your words are a flashlight to light the path ahead of me, and keep me from stumbling. Psalms 119:105 (TLB)

A few months ago, Navamani Peter, from Karnataka, India, put a flowering potted plant in her garden. Unfortunately, scorching heat caused the plant to dry up. Navamani thought it had died, but to her surprise a few days later she noticed new signs of life. Tiny green leaves began to appear, followed by little buds that blossomed into beautiful pink flowers. Even though the plant looked lifeless on the outside, there was still beautiful life within it.

While telling his disciples about his death, Jesus said, "Unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds" (John 12:24). It is the same with us. When we let our sinful nature die, God's life-giving grace can begin redemptive work within us. As the light and love of God transform us, our lives become beautiful, fragrant, and fruitful. Dark thoughts, despair, and doubt can make us blind to God's love and grace, but scripture reminds us that God's love is always available. As we commune with God, we are strengthened and can bear much fruit. And when we "die" to ourselves, we can see Christ glorified in and through us.

Prayer: Loving God, thank you for your living word that transforms us into a new creation in Christ. Help us to surrender our lives so that we may bear much fruit for you, in Jesus' name. Amen.


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