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Dying to Live

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Dying to Live

We can know a lot about our gifts and callings. We can have a heart for God and for people, but if we never step into the point of IMPACT, if we never engage in the things we are passionate about, it just won’t matter. We won’t change a thing. People won’t get better. The stuck will still be stuck. The hungry will still be hungry, and the lost will still be lost.

Passion and vision require IMPACT, engagement, and stepping out.

Webster’s Dictionary defines impact as:

  1. the moment when one object comes forcibly into contact with another object and all of the stored up energy is released,
  2. having a strong effect on something or someone.

Jesus talked a lot about the high potential for impact. He said that we all have impact and compared it to the potential for impact that seeds have. Seeds are full of life-giving potential, but until they germinate—until they find good soil—their IMPACT remains untapped.

Seeds have to die in order to live.

The potential of a seed is locked up. The potential of a seed can never be realized until that seed dies, and it is planted in the soil of this world. That’s exactly what our lives are like. Until we die to self, until we die to the fear of looking foolish or to the fear of failing, we will never find our true impact.

Jesus said, “I am telling you the truth: a grain of wheat remains no more than a single grain unless it is dropped into the ground and dies. If it does die, then it produces many grains. Those who love their own life will lose it; those who hate their own life in this world will keep it for life eternal.”[1]

I like my life … do you like yours? Take a risk today. Step out in faith. Ask God to make yours a life of influence. We all must fall to the ground and die to “self” before we can produce.


[1] John 12:24-25 GWT


About Ron Bontrager

Lead Pastor of Lakeview Church in Indianapolis.

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