Reading: John 12: 20-36
As Jesus is speaking of His own impending death He is also calling us to be willing to offer our earthly life as well. This does imply a faith we are willing to die for. But it also speaks of us dying to self and all of the earthly desires that compete with the divine nature within us. As a means of encouragement, Jesus reminds us that when a seed dies it produces a crop. When we are willing to surrender our all to Jesus, then our old self falls to the ground and dies as our new self rises up to produce a harvest of faith.
Jesus encourages us to walk in the light. When we have chosen to give up our old self we are choosing to step out of the darkness. The darkness can hide our imperfections and defects. When we step away from the darkness and into the light of Jesus Christ, we begin to see that the ways we were living were not pleasing to God. We realize that we were living to please and glorify self. And just as the dawn rises and light slowly creeps across the landscape, so too does His light. As we grow in our faith, the light continues to shine into dark corner after dark corner as He continues to refine us.
This choice of laying aside self and walking in His light is a hard choice. Jesus acknowledges the hard choice that He too faced and yet recognizes that this is why He came – to offer His all for you and me. He leaves us no wiggle room as well. He wants us to feel our discomfort over having to choose light or dark. He urges us on, asking us to put our trust in the light so that we might become sons of light, heirs of an eternal inheritance, receivers of the gift of true life.