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The Call to Self-Sacrifice

Rev. Charles Oppong-Poku | June 22, 2024 | John 12:23-26


Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. John 12:25 (NIV)



In John 12:23-26, Jesus reveals profound truths about self-sacrifice, servanthood, and the path to eternal life. Jesus begins by announcing, "The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified" (v. 23). This moment signifies the culmination of His mission on earth, leading to His crucifixion and resurrection. Jesus’ glory is paradoxically revealed through His suffering and sacrifice, emphasizing that true glory comes through obedience and surrender to God’s will. His words challenge us to examine our priorities and the depth of our commitment to Him.


Jesus illustrates the principle of self-sacrifice with the metaphor of a grain of wheat. He explains that unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds (v. 24). This imagery underscores the necessity of dying to self to bear fruit for God’s kingdom. Like the grain of wheat, our lives must be surrendered to God’s purposes to produce a harvest of righteousness. Jesus continues in verse 25 by calling His followers to a radical commitment, prioritizing their relationship with Him above all else. True discipleship involves letting go of worldly attachments and embracing a life of self-denial and service. Jesus concludes by declaring that those who serve Him will be honoured by the Father (v. 26). This promise assures us that our sacrifices and service are not in vain. By following Jesus, we participate in His mission and receive the honour of being in His presence.


Jesus’ call to self-sacrifice challenges us to re-evaluate our priorities and commitments. True discipleship requires a willingness to surrender our lives to God, trusting that through our faith and sacrifices, we will bear lasting fruit and receive eternal rewards.


Heavenly Father, thank you for Jesus' example of self-sacrifice and obedience. Help me surrender my life to you, trusting that my sacrifices will bear fruit. Strengthen me to follow and serve Jesus faithfully, prioritizing my relationship with Him. May my life honour you and bring joy in serving your kingdom. In Jesus’ name, Amen.





DAILY word study: HATES The Greek word μισέω, translated as "hates," generally means "to detest" or "to abhor." In the context of this verse, it signifies a comparative preference. Jesus uses strong language to emphasize the necessity of prioritizing eternal values over temporal, worldly attachments. Jesus is preparing His followers for the reality of true discipleship, which often involves a radical reorientation of values. To "hate" one's life in this world is to reject the self-centred, materialistic pursuits that dominate worldly thinking. This teaching aligns with Jesus' broader message on the cost of discipleship, where following Him requires a willingness to sacrifice personal ambitions and comforts. Reflections: Consider the areas of your life where worldly attachments may be hindering your walk with Christ. Are there aspects of your life that you need to "hate" or let go of to fully embrace the life Jesus offers? How can you demonstrate a commitment to eternal values in your daily actions and decisions?

𝔹𝔸ℙ𝕋𝕀𝕊𝕋 Daily Devotional | AUDIO VERSION | JUNE 22, 2024

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