Jesus said in John 12:24, “Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to the world, it is never any more than a grain of wheat.” How in the world does that translate to you and your life? You’re asking yourself right now, I ate wheat bread with my peanut butter toast this morning is this about my breakfast? Hardly, but stay on point with me.
Jesus is talking about the lives we lead and the specific value of them. He proceeds with this thought, “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.”
When it comes to our 12:24 vision at CFCOG, we want to be very intentional about the way we “bury our wheat” knowing it’s through this determination that we will see Jesus begin to produce the greatest results in building his kingdom here. If we know anything about the heart of God, it’s to reach people who do not know him. They are lost and without the hope they need for this life. Our every effort should be contained in getting this hope to those without and that means that our entire focus is placed on connecting those who need Jesus to the place where he died on a cross for them.
This is just the very beginning of the thought behind the workup of what will define the future of CFCOG, it’s what we call the 12:24 vision and ultimately, it should trickle down through the parts of your heart and life. What part of your heart do you restrain that God might want to use to bring someone else closer to who he is?
This could be as simple as a conversation with a coworker.
It could be as dynamic as taking a step toward leadership with our upcoming multisite plan.
Whatever it is, would you let God work through your life by stating that you’re going to give something up so that God can be made famous?
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Kevin Elworth, CFCOG United Worship Experience Pastor