Published on May 11th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


A Profound Way of Living

Dr. Jed N. Snyder

We have just celebrated Mothers’ Day. Many kindly actions and many words of appreciation and memory were stated. It has come to mind that these few verses from the Bible are understood best, at least emotionally, by mothers.

And Jesus answered them…  “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.  Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.  If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him. John 12:23-26

There is no mother who has not gone close to death as she delivered a baby into this world. While childbirth is natural, it is inherent with some dangers. Many women have given their lives in the process of giving birth to their children.

Even more mothers have “died” emotionally as they heard the news that their child has been called away to a dangerous war zone. Some have “died” when they heard of a child being called to enter dangerous employment. When a nurse is ministering in an ebola zone, her mother “dies.”

Similarly when spiritual development is considered, there is a sense of true death that is required. It is not popular to fully follow a lifestyle that Jesus and his disciples lived. None of us wants to follow the twelve apostles into martyrdom for our faith. The question in front of many of us is this. “Are we willing to give up what we cannot keep to get what we cannot lose?” Exchanging the known for the yet-to-be-known is not a popular calling. But without risk there is little zest for real living.

Happy giving up to get that which is much better.


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