In order for an acorn to become a tree, it must first be planted in the ground where it then dies in order to bring forth the tree that is inside of it. The acorn must give up being itself so that it can become a tree. As long as the acorn remains above ground and doesn’t die to itself, it can’t produce the potential that is locked up inside of it.
In the beginning of John 12, we read about a woman who is criticized for pouring out an expensive perfume, worth a years wages, on the feet of Jesus. But Jesus defends the woman. He commends her for not holding onto what she had, but rather pouring it out at His feet. At the end of John 12, Jesus goes on to exemplify what happened earlier in the chapter when He says “Very truly I tell you, 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. Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.” (John 12:24-26 NIV) In other words, you must die to self in order for you to produce the greatness that is locked up inside of you. As long as what you have is in your hands it will be the greatest it will ever be, but if you place it in the hands of Jesus it will be the least it will ever be.
I heard Clayton King say “He is no fool to give up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” As long as you hold onto your career, you will lose it. As long as you hold onto your relationship, you will lose it. As long as you hold onto your bank account, you will lose it. As long as you hold onto your life, you will lose it. But if you would let it go and let Jesus hold onto it, you will never lose it.
- What does this passage teach us about God? How does it apply to you?
- What area in your life do you need to let die in order that you may live?
- Let go of what you are holding onto and let Jesus hold onto it!