The Grain of Wheat

By Marcel Rebiai

“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

We all have to decide which ground we want to fall upon and be split open, so that fruit may emerge in our lives. If our life is to be meaningful for God’s kingdom and for the world, we have no alternative. Of course, we can refuse to be split open, but then we will simply rot away without fruit.

Being split open means allowing the light of God’s Word to penetrate all areas of our lives, to divide light from darkness and truth from lies. Hebrews 4:12-13 says,

“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”

Everything that makes our lives narrow, dark and barren must be brought before the light: our inferiority, our bitterness and self-pity, the feeling of constantly being hard done by; our fears of what others think, our obstinacy, our reluctance to accept responsibility for our actions; our pride, our envy, our resentment of others’ success; our selfishness. All these things must be exposed through God’s Word and judged, allowing and restoration to take place within us.

This devotional is taken from the book To See God by Marcel Rebiai. If you would like to order your own copy, please email us here, [email protected].

Marcel Rebiai is a board member of Revive Israel, and is inspiration for our community. Marcel was born in Algiers in 1953. He came to Switzerland as a war orphan and received faith in Jesus in his youth, which changed his life and made him a messenger of God’s love in Jesus. Since then, he has been faithfully working for the building of the community of Messiah. Marcel is the founder of the “Community of Reconciliation”, an organization that works for reconciliation between Jews and Arabs based on God’s forgiveness and love in Christ. Marcel teaches in various settings around the world about the love that God revealed to us in Jesus, a love that enables reconciliation. Marcel has been living in Jerusalem for the last 30 years, is married to Regula, and has four children and eleven grandchildren.

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