John 12.24-26 cont.
24 In all sincerity I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains only a seed; but if it should die it will bear a lot of fruit.
25 The person who loves his life will lose it, and the person who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
26 If anyone should serve Me, he must follow Me, and where I am My servant will be also. If anyone should serve Me My Father will honour him.
Many will know the saying: ‘speculate to accumulate’. It is a term used by investors who realize that if they are to obtain financial profit they must first of all invest some money (speculate) in some form of shares, company or bond. The hope is that the amount that they have speculated will accumulate a good profit.
Jesus says that it is the same principle within the Kingdom of God. Every living person has invested within them a measure of faith. Paul wrote about this in his letter to the church in Rome: Be honest in your estimate of yourselves, measuring your value by how much faith God has given you – Romans 12.3 (NLT).
There are two ways for us to look at the amount of faith that God has given to us.
- Firstly God has invested faith in each person. He has placed within us all the right amount of faith that we need as individuals to increase that faith. In giving us the right amount of faith, our Father has speculated within us so that He may see a return from each one of us. He expects to see His speculation of faith accumulate more faith within us.
This is similar to the story that Jesus told in Matthew 25. It’s a story where a man invested various amounts of money with his servants. He expected them to use this to accumulate more money. Two servants did, but the third one just buried his money, showing no accumulation at all.
God expects to see a return on His investment in all of us. He is looking for an accumulation of faith.
- Secondly, we have to do something with the faith God has invested in us. What can we do? The simple answer is to invest our life in the Lord Jesus Christ. This means that we must give our life away; we must give our life to Jesus. We must deny our self; take up our cross; and follow Him.
The older we get and the more we mature in Jesus the greater should be the accumulation of faith within us.