Day 12, Chapter 12
If you’ve been around here for any length of time, you probably know that I love words and language and grammar. Quite often, I look up a word that I think I know the definition for, and I am surprised to find I’ve had the nuance of it all wrong. Then I have to retrain my brain, which rarely works, because old habits die hard.
The same thing happens in matters of life and faith. I think I get what Jesus is saying. I think I understand the definition and usage and application. And then, in time, I discover I’ve had the nuance of it all wrong. But instead of trying to retrain my heart and soul, I run to God’s throne of mercy and ask Him to set me straight.
This part of John 12 is like that:
“Listen carefully: Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to the world, it is never any more than a grain of wheat. But if it is buried, it sprouts and reproduces itself many times over. In the same way, anyone who holds on to life just as it is destroys that life. But if you let it go, reckless in your love, you’ll have it forever, real and eternal.”
I think I know what this means, but then I read it again, and I see how I’ve got the nuance of it all wrong. And so today, I’m running to the throne of mercy, asking God to infuse me with a reckless love for Jesus, the One who died so that His life could be multiplied in mine. My definition of life needs some reworking, once again.
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If you missed Days 1–12, no worries! Start with us tomorrow for Day 13, Chapter 13. All are welcome!