Package of Seeds
If you have a package of seeds, open the package and pick one seed. Pick up the seed and look at the seed. Is the seed alive or dead? Now if you set that seed on your kitchen counter – what will happen to the seed? Now put the seed in your pocket and carry it around with you. Will anything happen to the seed? Put the seed in with other “good” seeds, anything happen?
Okay, now take a dish from your kitchen and put some water in the dish. Then put the seed in the water on the dish. Let the seed sit in the water for a week to two weeks or for a month. What happens to the seed? The seed may “sprout” but without proper nutrition, and roots, eventually the seed will die.
In John 12:23-28 – the corn of wheat fall into the ground – he wasn’t talking about the spirit – but the soul – but if it die it brings forth much fruit.
Yes, the soul that sins will die and we all sin because we are born in the image of Adam. But in this context, Jesus was talking about John 12:25 KJV
“He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.”
Remember, your soul is your mind, will and emotions and unless that dies to itself – it’s will, it’s thinking, it’s emotions – it will be like the sprout in the dish of water. And God made us all like “sprouts”.
When a person gets saved, their spirit is made alive, reborn. It is like now you are in nourished soil. But it is the soul (mind, will and emotions) (your “sprout”) that is saved from hell and the lake of fire. No matter how hard that sprout, in the dish of water, tries to produce fruit and grow, it can never grow or be nourished properly. Some may say, well what about hydroponics? Hydroponics is fine but it is not the way God intended or designed things. So you can try all the different religions in the world. You can even try good works and keeping the law, given to Jews only – not Gentiles, try to clean up your seed shell (your body) but if you do not do things the way God says, you will never have true life.
Everything on this earth feeds off everything planted in the earth. Fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, are all planted in dirt. Even man comes from dirt. Animals feed off grass & grain produced from dirt. Even fish feed off plants planted in dirt under the water. The dirt is like the Spirit, the Spirit of God. Just like Genesis 1 says – God created the heaven and the earth and the Spirit of God moved on the face of the waters in Genesis 1:1,2 then God separated the waters and made dry land – dirt – Genesis 1:10,11,12 on the third day.
So if the Spirit of God is not revived or reborn in you, in your heart (soil), you are like a sprout trying to be a plant with missing ingredients and will never be a plant or tree, no matter what you do. No matter how many laws you try to keep, no matter how good you are, no matter if you go to church or not. But there is good news. If you are willing to let God take you and put you in good soil – dirt – (change your heart) and nourish you and give you water (nourish your mind/will and emotions) you will grow. You will start as a tender plant and when the weeds (type of trials/attacks from Satan) come, they are removed, you will continue with water and nourishment. You will grow into a fine plant and tree producing fruit and food for others. The interesting thing – not only does your plant produce fruit (your children both earthly & spiritual) but your plant or tree feeds others just like rabbits, birds, bugs or other animals might eat one of your berries, nuts, fruit or leaves. You will never get to this point if you never decided to let God take you out of your dish of water and plant you in Christ, nourish and water you.
The decisions we make can alter not only our life, but our future. Many times people just jump into something for whatever reasons. But if your seed lands on stony ground or shallow ground, not only will you not grow and become what God created you to be, but your fruit will not sprout or if it does sprout, it will be shallow, malnourished. And what ever decisions you make as the plant, the tree, your decisions affect your fruit and your leaves. And when you understand it is not you, the plant, keeping everything going but really the roots, you understand how helpless the plant is without the roots.
One day, God is going to ask each of us to give account of what he gave us. Choose to let go of your “religion”, your works, your ideas and ask God to forgive you of all your sin. Ask the Lord Jesus Christ to come into your heart and save your soul. Ask God to plant you in his word and in Christ.