Verily, verily, I say unto you, except a corn wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. (KJV)
Jesus died and His death on the cross brought forth salvation for makind. His death bore fruit, fruit that we still enjoy over 2000 years after His crucifixion…fruit that abides in us, fruit that flourishes and brings forth more fruit. His death shook the world’s core, His resurrection not only broke laws of nature but also established a kingdom in our midst that certifies the out of the ordinary in believers.
Because of who He is, we are and Him abiding in us and us in Him makes us also live extraordinary lives. We serve an intentional God, a God of purpose and as our theme scripture dictates, to bring forth much fruit, you have to fall and die.
Salvation is a process, a process that every believer who is deliberate about living a purposeful life that God pre-ordained for them has to go through and yes…it includes dying. For us to bear much fruit, we have to forsake our past ways and behaviors. God’s word says when we get born again, the old is gone and we are new creatures.( 2 Corinthians 5:17) That is where the process of death begins.
And as you continue to cultivate and invest in your relationship with Christ, a part of you (old you) keeps dying daily as you progress to becoming more like Christ. The word shapes you, sharpens you, chisels and moulds you as you subject yourself to doing that which He requires of you. You begin hating what God hates and loving what God loves.
The storms you go through in your life you realize are for a purpose, that the end result is a better Christ like version of you. You at times meet people who have godly attributes that you admire, good news is you can pray it in your life and we thank God that we can covet spiritual gifts too.( 1 Corinthians 12:31)
My daily prayer is that I am more like Christ and that the Adamic nature in me dies, because I know for a fact that in that death…that death will cause me to bring forth much fruit that will be for the betterment of the body of Christ and all to the glory of God’s name.