Scripture – John 12:25
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.
Observation – Jesus is saying to go out and spread His message. He doesn’t just want people to believe; He wants people to witness and multiply God’s kingdom. He knows that the only way others will learn of the love of God, those who believe must abolish all fear and serve Him openly.
Application – Today’s world is so “politically correct” that we tend to forget this important aspect of being a follower of Christ. It seems that we are too concerned with stepping on someone’s toes or offending someone that we just hold onto God’s word instead of sharing it. I think about all of the opportunities I have missed sharing His word because I was unsure if it would be acceptable. Thankfully, I have grown so deeply in my faith that I am not concerned with such things anymore. But I can definitely look back and see how “destroyed” my life was because I didn’t “recklessly” love God and share the life I knew to be true. Who missed out on having a Jesus moment because I “held on to life”?
Prayer – Dear Lord, I am so grateful for your Word and the guidance you show me daily — hourly, even. Please forgive me for not always sharing that gratitude with others. It is my hope to be a walking witness of your love through my life. I ask you, Lord, to guide me as I meet people. I pray that each day I make you proud. Amen.