“Except it fall into the ground and die”….
Can “much fruit” come alone at such a cost?
Must the seed corn be buried in the earth,
All summer joy and glory seemingly lost?
He buries still His seed corns here and there,
And calls to deeper fellowship with Him
Those who will dare to share the bitter cup,
And yet while sharing, sing the triumph hymn.
“Except it fall into the ground and die”….?
But what a harvest in the days to come;
When fields stand thick with golden sheaves of corn
And you are sharing in the Harvest Home.
To you who “lose your life,” and let it “die,”
Yet in the losing “find” your life anew,
Christ evermore unveils His lovely face,
And thus His mirrored glory rests on you.
“And Jesus answered them, saying,
The hour is come, that the Son of man should be
glorified. Verily, verily, I say unto you,
except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and
die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth
He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that
hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto
life eternal.” John 12:24-25
“But what things were gain to me, those I
counted loss for Christ. “
“Yea doubtless, and I count all things but
loss for the excellency of the knowledge
of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have
suffered the loss of all things, and do count
them but dung, that I may win Christ.”
“That I may know him, and the power of
his resurrection, and the fellowship of his
sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;”