Time to Die

Anchor text: John 12: 20 – 44

2021 is a phenomenal year. It kicks off a lot of new innovations that would drastically change the way we live on earth. I mean drastically. Some have already become evident, others might become evident in two to three years, others five to ten years. Whichever way 2021 kicks of a strategic decade for the entire world.

While these changes are quite commendable and welcoming – as they make life easier and better – the global disruptions equally come with some basic challenges too, amongst which is the necessity to reinvent yourself for relevance.

World Economic Forum already estimates the loss of 75 million jobs to automated processes and machines. There is a lot of catching up and deliberate kitting-up goals to pursue in order to live a sustainable life this decade and beyond.

As believers, we are not left out of the need to reinvent ourselves in preparation for what lies ahead. 2021 is a strategic season to explode into the next phase of our lives and assignments on earth. Those who live to just get by may find things difficult going forward – especially with the financial crises looming alongside massive unemployment rates.

In verse 22 of the passage we read above, something significant happened to Jesus which signified to Him that is was time to go global with His real assignment. He had healed the sick, raised the dead – having raised Lazarus from the dead a week or so earlier – His fame the week now went far abroad to the extent that some Greeks now sent to see Him. The gospel was ripe for the gentiles.

Jesus had earlier declared that He was sent to the lost sheep of Israel. He knew where His physical jurisdiction stopped. Greeks seeking Him was a sign, it was time to go global.

And here was His reply:

Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 Very truly I tell you, 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. 25 Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 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 – 27

For Jesus to emerge eventually to the global scene He had to reinvent Himself completely by sowing Himself like a seed into the soil of His assignment so He could duplicate Himself in the hearts of people all around the world both Greek and Gentile.

His sign however came when the Greeks came seeking.

Many of us are seeing our signs this year, It may be the state of the nation. It may be the global disruptions and trends. It may be a stirring within your spirit – to switch career line, to get your products rebranded for a global scene, to incorporate your company overseas, to make that trip to Dubai, to relocate your family abroad.

  1. First thing is you must learn to identify your next level trigger
  2. Having identified it, to move to the next season of your destiny will require that you die to self. Sow yourself into the ground of your assignment. It actually means dying to self. Denyin yourself for the sake of the Father’s purpose for you in that career, that calling, that business etc.

I want to challenge you today to make that commitment. On the other end was a Jesus who could boldly declare, “all power both I heaven and on earth has been given unto Me”.

The process may be costly, but the outcome is worth it. In this new decade, it’s time to seek God’s face and die to self – do not miss your season.

Have a great week ahead and do not forget to live each day on Purpose!

Nonso Aniamaka,
Web Author @WiseWatchers.org

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