Dead to the World

Listen carefully: Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to the world, it is never any more than a grain of wheat.

But if it is buried, it sprouts and reproduces itself many times over. In the same way, anyone who holds on to life just as it is destroys that life.

But if you let it go, reckless in your love, you’ll have it forever, real and eternal.” 

(John 12:24, The Message) 

Q: How are we to become “dead to the world?”

  • by dying to the desire for a trouble free life.
  • by dying to our desire to express our freedom in an offensive and unbecoming manner.
  • by dying to the demanding need to have our own way.
  • by dying to the desire to have our preferences dominate.
  • by dying to the need to have no frustration in our lives.
  • by dying to the desire to be happy apart from God.

Q: What will sprout up out of this dying?

  • A winsome, becoming person who is not easily provoked, who is not ruled by her preferences, who wears deep contentment as a garment.  Who has learned that dying is the pathway to a recklessly wonderful life! 

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