In the 21st century as selfishness abounds, an act of unselfishness is seldom seen. However, the most unselfish act in all of human history seeks to reduplicate itself in each person that is willing to invite it in. Some men and women have made that decision and we are witnesses to their acts of altruism. Here is how one of them describes it:
I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.
It is against worldly passions and human nature to resist the urges of our ego’s. Yet, unselfishness is a principle that binds the government of Heaven together, which, God even demonstrated through nature. Jesus said “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. “He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it to life eternal” Matt 12:24-25 NASB.
If the seed does not die, it is only good to be eaten, and it will lose its existence. However, if it dies and is planted it will became a plant that will produce many seeds. This parable has a double meaning: one about Jesus sacrifice and the other about our sacrifice.
This is the Gospel in a parable. God wants us to choose to die to ourselves, to our works, and to our attempts to save ourselves, because if we don’t, we are lost. He wants us to choose to live for Him, to depend on His works, and let Him save us. John the Baptist said, ” I must decrease and He must increase” John 3:30. As we fight against ourselves a void will be left in our hearts that God will fill. Then He will continue to live His life through us.
Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright© 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.