Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me. John 12:23-26 (NIV)
Where Am I
That is my question. What is your question? Where am I? That is an odd question. What do you mean by asking me that question? Well, I want to serve you. I want to go and do what you ask of me. I don’t want to wander off to do my own thing. I don’t want to misspend my life by doing what will amount to nothing. I want to faithfully and fruitfully serve you. Your word says that if I am going to serve you then I will need to be where you are. So, that is why I am asking, “Where am I?” Am I in the right place? If I am not in the right place, how can I be where you are. So, you’re not really asking me about your geographic location? No, I am not. I knew that. I do however enjoy hearing you explain yourself to me. That is why you ask me so many questions, isn’t it? Yes, that is why I ask you questions. I also know that you think more clearly when you explain your answers to me in some detail.
So, your real question is how can you be where I am? That is where I need to be if I want to faithfully and fruitfully serve you. Yes, that’s right. What do you think is the answer to your question? I knew you were going to ask me that. That’s good. Do you have an answer? Yes, I do. If I want to be where you are then I will need to set aside all my so-called bright ideas and brilliant plans. Why is that? I have learned that you might not be in my bright ideas and brilliant plans. You might, and quite frequently do, have something entirely different in mind for me. You’ve noticed? Yes, I have noticed. Sometimes, I have had to labor fruitlessly to discover you weren’t in my bright ideas and brilliant plans. Those have been painful and frustrating discoveries for you. Well, at least I have learned to seek to know and do your will. That’s good. How will you seek to know and do my will? I will draw near to you. I will listen carefully to you. I will receive your instruction and follow your guidance. I will follow you to where you lead me to do what you ask of me. You will have set aside your plan and take up my plan? Yes, I will. Then you will be able to faithfully and fruitfully serve me. I will be working right where you have placed me. That will be very good.
Lord, I will set aside my so-called bright ideas and brilliant plans. I want to know and do your will. I don’t want to wander off to do my own thing. I will follow you to where you lead me, so I can do what you ask of me. Help me to faithfully and fruitfully serve you. Amen
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