And Jesus answered them, "The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 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. If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.—John 12:23-26
I think it is safe to say that death ranks high on a list of man's fears. But often, it's not our death that we fear, but the loss of someone important to us—a parent, friend, or perhaps the most unthinkable, death of a child. Death is emotionally painful and physically irreversible.
In today's text, Jesus is telling his closest men, a little cryptically, I might add, that he is going to die. I am sure they receive this as bad news. The brothers who had left everything to follow him and who had come to know and love him as their mentor were now faced with this horrific prediction—imminent death. As was his tendency, he offers them a metaphor that helps them see and have confidence in the bigger picture. He wants them to see the good news in death and the potential for life. He describes how the death of a seed, and its fall to the earth, is necessary to bring new life and much fruit. While this comparison was accurate, it's hard to imagine that it brought much comfort to his men in that present moment.
What I love about this text is the realization that we need brothers to lean on when the future looks bleak. We need godly men to lean on when times are tough. Men who are anchored in the truth. Men who seek and speak the will of God in those moments, all hope appears to be lost. Jesus was that man for these men. And while we prefer to lean on human ingenuity and do life alone, this not the best choice.
You know there are times you have done life alone, and it does not work well. Maybe today, you need to reach out to some man who feels alone? A young man or older man who is navigating the challenges of life without a godly voice of hope from other men. Tap them on the shoulder, or better yet, invite them to join the challenge with you! Be a seed of hope to another man today, as he may be waiting for a man like you.
DO THIS: This week, we are focusing on the discipline of brotherhood.
Your Call To Act (C.T.A.) today is:
- Pray: for 3-5 minutes, for a man you know who needs a Christian brother in his life.
- Share: below how other Christian men have been beneficial to you.
- Invite: the man you have prayed for, a beverage or a meal. Listen to him and love him.
⚡Share That You Completed Today's Challenge