“Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.” (John 12:24-25)
When Jesus calls us to deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Him, He bids us come and die. (Bonhoeffer) The willful heart will not allow this to happen out of fear or selfishness. But Jesus clearly calls us to give up the life that we know that we have and exchange it for the life that He wants to give us. It is in the dying to self. He has our purpose, the purpose for our specific existence, in His life.
When we move beyond the door of grace into the life of His Kingdom, we become regenerated, a new creation. The love we have for ourselves cannot be stronger than the love we have for Him. Our sight on His Light will keep us forever, but we have to give up all that we are, to be born into Him. We do this once and for all as we turn our eyes upon Him and we then continue to walk in His Light as He is in the Light. Then, we have fellowship one with another.
It is to His holy love that He draws us unto Himself. In all that He has done for us and in all that He is doing in us, we celebrate our willingness to fall into the ground and die as the grain of wheat; knowing that in our death and burial, He brings us into true life in Him. This is the abundant life that He speaks of and so willingly gives to those who seek Him.
The Kingdom of God is the treasure of life and all who dwell there dwell in Him.
“And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.” (John 12:32)