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Dying to Serve: A Parable

Imagine two grains of wheat lying on the floor of a warm and cozy barn. One day, the farmer comes in and tells them, “I want to take you out of this comfortable barn and plant you in the earth. I’m going to place you in the cold ground and cover you with soil. It will be dark, and you will die. But I promise that you will multiply and become very fruitful.” 

The first grain of wheat turns down the suggestion. “No way!” he says. “Count me out. I like my comfort, and I don’t want to die.” But the second one, after carefully considering the pain and discomfort of dying, decides the promise of a future harvest is worth the sacrifice. So the farmer takes him outside and plants him in the ground, while allowing the first grain of wheat to remain inside the barn. 

A few days later, a small green sprout begins to appear over where the seed has been planted. Then it grows and becomes a tall stalk of wheat that produces one hundred more grains. For the next 40 years, the farmer plants all the seeds that originated from that first grain of wheat, and year after year the harvest multiplies. Meanwhile, the grain of wheat that stayed in the barn remains there all alone, never growing or multiplying—but he has stayed very comfortable. 

Which grain of wheat are you? Are you playing it safe, or have you let Christ plant you in the world? The only way you’ll become useful and fruitful in God’s kingdom is by abiding in Him and trusting that His desires for your life are worthwhile.

原文转载自:https://www.intouch.org/read/magazine/daily-devotions/dying-to-serve-a-parable

渴望事奉的比喻

经文:约翰福音 1223-26

想象一下,在一个温暖舒适的谷仓里,两粒麦子躺在地上。有一天,农夫进来告诉他们,“我要把你们从这个舒适的谷仓里拿出去,种到地里。我会将你们种到冰冷的地里,再用泥土覆盖,你将经历黑暗和死亡。但我保证你会结实并结出许多子粒。”

第一粒麦子拒绝了这个提议。“决不”!他说,“不要算上我。我喜欢舒适,而且我不想死。”而第二粒麦子,仔细想了想死去的痛苦和不适,他决定未来丰收的承诺是值得他牺牲的。于是农夫把他带到外面,将他种到土里,同时也容让第一粒小麦继续待在谷仓里。

几天过后,播种的地方开始冒出绿色的小芽,渐渐长大,长成了一棵高高的麦秆,并结出上百粒麦子来。接下来的40年里,农夫把那粒麦子所结的所有种子都种植了,年复一年,收成倍增。与此同时,那粒在谷仓里的麦子仍然孤零零地留在那里,既没有成长,也没有结实,但他一直过得很舒服。

你是哪粒麦子呢?你是以求安逸还是让基督将你种在世上?在神的国度里,要成为有用的和多结果子的唯一方法,就是住在祂里面并相信祂对你生命的要求都是有意义的。

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