Dying to Be A Servant: A Parable

Read | John 12:23-26

Once upon a time there were two grains of wheatlying on the floor of a warm and cozy

barn. But one day, the farmercame in and told them, “I want to take you out of this comfortable barn and plant you in the earth. I’m going to place you in the cold ground and cover you with soil. It will be dark, and you will die. But I promise that you will multiply and

English: Collecting the grain. Harvesting whea...

English: Collecting the grain. Harvesting wheat in progress from the field by New Covert. Pig rearing takes place in the field beyond. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

become very fruitful.”

The first grain of wheat turned down the suggestion. “No way!” he said. “Count me out. I like my comfort, and I don’t want to die.” But the second one, after carefully considering the pain and discomfort of dying, decided the promise of a future harvest was worth the sacrifice. So the farmer took him outside and planted him in the ground, while allowing the first grain of wheat to remain inside the barn.

A few days later, a small green sprout appeared over where the seed had been planted. Then it grew and became a tall stalk of wheat that produced one hundred more grains. For the next forty years, the farmer planted all the seeds that had originated from that first grain of wheat, and year after year, the harvest multiplied. However, the grain of wheat that stayed in the barn remained there by itself, never multiplying–but he was very comfortable.

Which grain of wheat are you? Are you playing it safe, or have you let Christ plant you in the world? The only way you’ll ever become useful and fruitful in God’s kingdom is to abandon your own selfish desires, get out of your comfort zone, and serve the Lord by serving others.

Dr. Charles Stanley

3 Responses to “Dying to Be A Servant: A Parable”

  1. Scott Sholar Says:

    Thank you for sharing, and God bless you. Here is my latest post: http://scottsholar.com/2012/06/11/political-vs-spiritual/

  2. Pat Says:

    Thank you! I’m glad it was a blessing to you. šŸ˜€
    Love you both

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