written in September 2004 by Hubby

“I tell you the truth, 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

I grew a lot of corn on the farm where I work.  Some of the corn was really small and I didn’t bother to cook it.  Instead, I buried it in the compost pile in my backyard.  A few weeks later, I looked in my compost pile, and there were lots of green shoots growing out from it.  I pulled them up and discovered , to  my surprise, they were growing from the kernels of the corn I had buried.  The corn I had rejected was now regenerating new corn plants!

Sometimes God wants to take parts of our lives, cast them down and let them die.  Sin is an obvious example of something in our lives that should be put to death.  Our dreams, if they are not in accordance with God’s will and timing, are something else that He might cast our of our lives.  Going through such an experience is not easy, for anytime a part of us dies, it hurts.

Dreams are especially hard to give up.  We start building our dreams with a very positive attitude, certain that things will turn out the way we want.  Our dreams may even be godly.  At first, it is easy to say that we will rely on God all the way.  Some troubles may arise, but we overcome them, hopefully giving credit to God.  We may overcome several troubles, and develop perseverance.

However, if we become too focused on achieving our dreams, our hearts’ devotion will turn away from God.  Fulfilling our dreams becomes our god.  We don’t want to give up, because giving up indicates weakness and failure.  That noble perseverance we developed becomes stubborn obsession with ourselves.  That is when God has to put our dreams to death. That is when it hurts.

Look at John 12:25, which follows the verse printed above:  “The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.”  The things that we love in this life, we must lose for the sake of following our Lord Jesus.  Just like those corn cobs I buried in my compost pile, certain parts of our lives must fall to the ground and be buried.  It is a painful but important lesson.

And just like those corn cobs, something new will sprout up for the ground, something with a greater eternal value.  It could be that our dreams eventually come into fruition.  Or it could be that they do not.  Either way, we must allow God to have His way with us.  Will you cling to Him today?

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