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Lent 2012

Give Yourself Away

Fifth Sunday Reflection

By Judi Nibbelink

Some Greeks were in town and wished to speak to Jesus. They asked Phillip to set up a time when they could meet with the rabbi. The Greeks, being philosophers, wanted to know Jesus’ thoughts on what was most important in life. They had a deep thirst for wisdom and were seeking the best philosophy, the truest interpretation of the reality for life.
~John 12:20-33

Jesus shares, “Very truly I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.”

Pretty scary words, but Jesus lived this philosophy of life. He continually gave himself away. As a seed, he died on a cross and was buried, only to spring to new life in three days. He was resurrected and witnessed by many who would radically change their lives, sowing seeds of hope and promise, leading to a plentiful harvest for God’s Kin-dom.

As women who have covenanted to follow Jesus, what is our philosophy of life? Are we willing to be planted, to really dedicate our lives to God, or do we wish to remain a single seed? If we choose lives of service, we have the potential of producing many seeds, which in turn may be planted so that a bountiful harvest may continue.

This is one of those hard questions of life for us. Are we truly followers of the Christ or are we simply admirers of Jesus?


Thank you, God, for the stories of Jesus that challenge us to think and struggle with how we are called to serve you. Individually and collectively, we who hear the Word of God can and do make a difference for your Kin-dom. Give us courage and strength for our journey. Amen.

Judi Nibbelink is a Women’s Division director from the Desert Southwest Conference.

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