John 12:24-26 (MSG)
24-25 “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.
Luke 16:10-13 (ESV)
10 “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. 11 If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? 12 And if you have not been faithful in that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own? 13 No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”
Wheat. A tiny seed, not as small as a mustard seed, but still pretty small, and it grows to a decent sized plant (well, the non-GMO) and one seed yields about 110 seeds per plant. The seed is a little more complicated than it appears too – four main parts made up of 10 sub-parts. That little wheat seed has 10 distinct parts to it to make it what it is so it can do what it does? Complicated.
How does one little seed create so many? It’s what it has to do to survive. Let’s flip it to where Christ was taking it though – He’s talking about us being the wheat seed. Yes, we have more than 10 parts, we’re far more complicated, have far more depth, have a soul, critical reasoning, etc. It seems we don’t get planted either.
And that’s probably why we don’t produce a 110 seeds. We don’t plant ourselves in the love that Christ calls us to, we don’t produce the results love should, we don’t change the world the way He wants us to – whether you’re Christian or not. A follower of Christ produces results that Christ calls us to produce. If a simple seed can produce 110 seeds, shouldn’t we plant ourselves and “produce” 110 followers of Christ – or something like that which shows an effort – or does your backside just warm the pew? It would seem to me that if we did plant ourselves, if we did die to our self and be planted, we’d have a lot more people acting like Christ calls us to and more importantly, the world would look a lot more like He wants it to.
One who is faithful in little is faithful in much – it’s part of the DNA (non-GMO DNA of course). We can’t serve two masters. Our results, how we’re changing the world in His image, how we’re caring for the marginalized and healing their wounds all point to most of us serving the wrong master.
You might not like Christianity because of some false topped beggar, a false prophet, a lying professor, the ooooozy slick televangelist, the dead word of a dead preacher, the legalism man enforces, Christians. Lots of reasons. But Christ…. Christ didn’t like them either. Plant yourself in Him, like the seed; take the bread of life, the living water, and grow. Be the seed that dies to self and lives in Him.
Luke 16:14-18 (ESV)
The Law and the Kingdom of God
14 The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all these things, and they ridiculed him. 15 And he said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God.