breaking to build

By Pastor Mark Jordan

I read a quote the other day that I absolutely loved. “For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn’t understand growth, it would look like complete destruction” (Cynthia Occelli).

This speaks a lot about the growth process a person must undergo. The things that really change us often look like what Occelli described: a breaking to be rebuilt, or maybe better said, reborn. And this lines up precisely with what Jesus taught: I assure you that unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it can only be a single seed. But if it dies, it bears much fruit. Those who love their lives will lose them, and those who hate their lives in this world will keep them forever” (John 12:24-25, CEB).

When Jesus said that, He was speaking specifically about His own death to lead to the Resurrection. What I love, though, is how John’s Gospel connects this to you and me; for Jesus gives the implication that, yes, His sacrifice is for your salvation, but His death is also for your life.

Jesus was willing to set aside His life for you and me, giving us a model for how we are to live, too. Are you willing to set aside your life for Him? It might seem counterintuitive, but in so doing, you’ll find purpose and meaning like never before. If you find yourself going through something that is turning you inside-out, embrace the change that God is seeking to affect in you. It might appear like complete destruction, but it might just be building you up for eternity.

Prayer: Dear Lord, I ask for your help and perspective today. May the things that seek to break me actually build me up for you into eternity. I ask this in Jesus’ holy name. Amen.

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