Summary: Grow in the grace and power of God requires surrender.
Kernel of Wheat
(John 12:24 KJV) Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit, 25 He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. 26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.
Certain changes take place when the Corn is planted under the ground out of sight.
I. The hard dry shell SOFTENS.
(Rom 2:4 KJV) Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?
A. tears of repentance
(Acts 20:19 KJV) Serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews:
II. THE STARCH TURNS TO SUGAR
(2 Cor 5:17 KJV) Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
(Phil 3:21 KJV) Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.
A. We become sweeter.
(Rom 5:5 KJV) And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
1. How? God shows us His Love.
(1 John 4:9 KJV) In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
2. We show God our love for him.
(1 John 5:3 KJV) For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
3. We keep our selves sweet.
(Jude 1:21 KJV) Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
III. THE CORN OF WHEAT OPENS--Open to God’s Word and Will in our Lives!
(Luke 8:15 KJV) But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.
A. Open to the leading of the Holy Spirit.
(Rom 8:14 KJV) For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
(Psa 37:23 KJV) The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.
(Prov 3:5 KJV) Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
IV. The Corn of Wheat buried then Gives
(Luke 6:38 KJV) Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
(Luke 21:3 KJV) And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all:
A. Story of Bible School in England
B. Chile with check for $50 with only my name and city on envelope.
C. Check in Australia from Swedish family to pay for crusades in New Guinea.