Thursday, March 20, 2014
When dreams die
A major element to ministry is death. While I know that sounds morbid, and is frankly not very encouraging; it is true. Jesus was the first to mention this with regards to ministry. He told his disciples that if they were not willing to take up their cross – a symbol of death – and follow Him, they were not worthy to be His disciples. In ministry we must die. We must die to our visions. We must die to our ambitions. We must die to our plans. We must die to ourselves. If we don’t we will never see fruit.
Jesus illustrated this for us with a seed. He said, “Unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.”
When a seed lies in the ground, it rots. It dies. But from death comes life – a tender shoot, then tiny leaves. As the shoot grows and strengthens, flowers begin to bloom, and then nourishing fruit grows. All of that beauty and nourishment comes from death. If we refuse to lay down our dreams, visions, ambitions and self and bury them, we will never experience the true life of Christ and fruit of the kingdom in our ministry.