Saturday, March 5, 2011

Wheat and Diamonds

John 12:24 

There is little comparison to be made between the value of a diamond and that of a grain of wheat, yet all depends on the disposition you make of the wheat grain. Put both of them away, and at the end of a hundred years the grain of wheat will still have no monetary value, while the diamond's value, running up into the many thousands of dollars, will be substantial. At the end of a thousand years the same will be true. But suppose, instead, you bury the grain of wheat in the warm, moist earth, and year after year let it go on producing and reproducing. In time it will have produced a store that stretches over the earth. Its production represents a monetary value that would make the diamond's price pitiful in comparison. To have horded the grain of wheat would have been to lose all it was capable of producing. "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain." (John 12:24). To save your gift from God may seem to be the prudent thing, but in the end it will mean loss.