And Jesus answered them, "The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.
Jesus has made his final entry into Jerusalem seated on a donkey. The crowds are ecstatic and many are wanting to hear what he has to say. Even Greeks have come and to them he gives a glimpse of what would shortly come to pass. Jesus teaches us an amazing lesson about spiritual life when he speaks of a seed needing to die before it can give birth to luscious fruit. So it is with us - something fleshly needs to die in us so that we can truly live.
Yet God's message to us is one of life not death. The Lord tells us that those who serve him will live forever. He says that he will be with us and the Father will honor us. Yet trials and suffering often surface a bit of darkness in us and reveal how much we love our lives in this world. Trusting God in those times sometimes requires us to bury our dark fleshly understandings of what it means to truly live. It is the challenge to live from our new heart.
Help me Lord to remember that my life is a seed to be sown.