Jesus was not much of a farmer, it seems. Even a casual gardener can tell you that a grain of wheat does not die in order to produce. If a grain of wheat “dies” it rots and produces nothing. Now, does this mean Jesus was wrong in what he said? Of course not. Jesus was teaching the people based upon what they understood and he was teaching them about his crucifixion, death and resurrection: in order for Him to produce what the Father had planted He must die, go into the ground, rise and produce fruit. It is the same with us.
The status quo is like a grain of wheat: it is hard and in and of itself produces nothing. A single grain does not contain enough sustenance for even the smallest of bird. It takes many seeds to feed even the smallest of animal and many more must to come to fruition to provide bread.
We all have a grain of wheat that we like to hold onto. For some it is money. For others it is power. For others it is comfort – the way things have always been done. They would rather “starve” to death holding tight to that grain – that little thing they are sure they have, rather than let it go and receive so much more.
In 1 Kings 17:11-16 Elijah commands the widow to make him a morsel of bread. Having so little, which she was going to prepare for herself and her son and then die anyway, she balks at the request. Rather than allowing her to keep a hold of her “grain of wheat” he calls her to act in faith.
We too are called to act in faith, to give up our grain of wheat so that the Lord might use it and us for greater things, so that our grains might “die” and rise again and produce much fruit for His Kingdom.
God, you provide all that we need. Let us respond in faith to your call to let our grains of wheat “die” and rise again to your glory and the benefit of your Word. May the Gospel message of your Son Jesus Christ produce much fruit in our hearts. In Jesus name, AMEN.