“I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.”

John 12:24

Multiplication of seeds is one of the many brilliant mysteries of creation. I am privileged to witness an example of this where I live here in Virginia. In late January, out of cold, hard ground the daffodils begin to burst through into radiant bloom. Each year their numbers have increased and their dazzling beauty actually slows traffic all around Colonial Williamsburg. Despite cold temperatures, warmth fills the hearts of the beholders of this annual miracle.

Jesus used the example of lilies which, without labor or toil, outshine the glory of even Solomon’s splendor. Jesus assured His hearers of His care for them. He showed them life does not need to be a constant pursuit of possessions. He calls us all to surrender worry and fear, to live generously toward others, and to lay up treasures in heaven. In this way, the seeds of God’s love multiply to others.

God’s kingdom is not of this world. One thing that is important to Him is that we learn to lay down our lives for others, the very thing He did most perfectly for us.

Scripture Focus

John 12:23-26


Jesus’ dying for your salvation is also His design for your imitation. If you want to see Jesus, be prepared to become like Him.

Bible In A Year

  • Deuteronomy 28-29
  • Psalm 93
  • Acts 17