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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Learning to Hate Your Life in This World"

Date published: 04/02/2012
 
John 12:24-25 “I (Jesus) tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed.  But if it dies, it produces many seeds.  The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.”  (NIV)  
 
Every Christian should desire the full and abundant life that Jesus talked about in John 10:10b “I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly.”  Jesus tells us in John 12:24 that this abundant life is available by dying to self.  Jesus, in the final stage of His ministry, gave His followers this illustration to help them better understand His process for fulfilling His ministry and life on earth.  Little did Jesus’ followers know that He was about to literally die for them so that His life could be multiplied into others.  Jesus shared that the secret to abundance was dying to self, while the secret to dying to self was to hate your life in this world.  Write down what you like about your life in this world, while recording your hate for them.  I think you will find this a very awkward process.  This is not awkward if your love for Jesus dwarfs your love for the world.  Your love for Jesus should make the things of this world inconsequential and small compared to the unsurpassing grace and love that is bestowed on you through Jesus.  Ephesians 3:17-19 says “That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith… and that you may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.” You can hate the things of this world out of pure obedience, but your heart will constantly struggle.  The better way to hate the things of this world is by your intense love for Jesus.  The full comprehension and experience of Jesus’ love will make dying to self enjoyable because you will be exchanging temporal momentary pleasures for eternal satisfaction and joy.  Exchanging the temporal things in your life for the eternal things that God desires for you will result in a fullness and abundance of life that only Jesus can give.   
 
Ephesians 1:18-19 “I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He (Jesus) has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and His incomparably great power for us who believe.” (NIV)