“Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honor.” (John 12:25-26)
DYING TO LIVE
These words of Jesus follow his words about dying - and bearing much fruit.
These are related concepts, Jesus says. Following him... dying to self... serving Jesus... bearing fruit... eternal life... being honored by the Father.
What does your following of Jesus look like these days? How are you walking in his steps?
How are you serving Jesus? Another way to ask this, perhaps: What do you hear God asking you to do, and are you doing it?
How is God using you to bear fruit? What lives are being touched by you; who is being visited in their time of need? How are children or your friends or the elderly or the oppressed or the voiceless or Mother Earth being seen and served - by you?
What are you dying to? What have you given up? How have you released your ego or your need to be right or your desire to be seen as a “winner”, so that you can submit more fully to God? What “old treasure” have you released so that you can find “the pearl of great price”?
How are you experiencing a new kind of life - a more complete, more joyful life - thanks to God’s guidance and grace?
How do you feel honored by God?
Perhaps on this day we can meditate on just one of these questions.
Perhaps on this day we can pause and give thanks for God’s presence in our lives, and for all the opportunities we have to love and to follow in Jesus’ steps.