“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.” John 12:24-25
God’s ways are not our own. To be used by Him requires death on our part.
“Bids me come and die and find that I may truly live” (The Wonderful Cross)
Death to self. Death to my desires. Death to my dreams. Death to my selfishness. Death to “my time”. Death to “my” obedience. Death to my pride. Death to my wisdom. Death to me.
This death then produces life and fruit, because only when I am dead to self can I really be used by God. God doesn’t need my wisdom, my plans, my great ideas, my serving, my ministry, my whatever. He is completely sufficient in Himself. But He does ask for one thing.
He asks for my life. All of me, given up—dead—ready to be used by Him however He wants.
Life in Christ means… His desires. His will. His plans. Relationship with Him. His wisdom. HIM.
Then, and only then, can I bear much fruit. Because as Hudson Taylor wisely wrote:
"An easygoing, non-self-denying life will never be one of power."