BETWEEN THE LINES a frontline devotional

The Potential of a Seed (Part 1)

Day 29

“I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains [just one grain; it never becomes more but lives] by itself alone. But if it dies, it produces many other and yields a rich harvest.”

– John 12:24

Most of us have all heard the Parable of the Sower in Mark Chapter 4, or Matthew Chapter 17, when Jesus speaks of having faith like a grain of a mustard seed.  Those references might be two of the most popular, but there are actually over 40 verses in the Bible that reference seeds.  What is so important about seeds? In John 12:24, Jesus says that unless a grain falls into the earth and dies, it remains just one grain. But if it dies, it produces many others and yields a rich harvest.  So, what exactly does this mean?  Well, right away Jesus gives us insight into how seeds work.  A seed must be planted before its full potential can become released.  In this scripture, Jesus is referring to Himself as the seed.  Jesus is speaking about His own death, burial, and the harvest that would come from it.  Jesus says that because of His death, a great harvest of new believers will be reaped.  The principle of planting and harvesting (sowing and reaping) still applies to us today.  Jesus’ death and resurrection produced a continuous harvest, which you and I are a part of. Jesus displayed this principle on the cross for us, so that we would have a clear understanding of how it applies to our lives.  As being a part of this continuous harvest, we are entrusted with the job of continuing to plant seeds.  Through Jesus’ sacrifice, God has equipped us to be witnesses for Him and to reap a continuous harvest of new believers into the family of Christ.

Stay Strong and Carry On,

Carrington