And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat FALL into the ground and DIE, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much FRUIT.
This is the missing ingredient. This master key will take the average Christian from barrenness to fruitfulness. Sacrifice is the key that will transform a reverend minister from an official with a title to a truly fruitful minister.
A Readiness to Die
The missing ingredient in some good churches is this—a readiness to die. Many of our churches are going to be small until we have people ready to sacrifice. There comes a time when what is needed is sacrifice. Many Christians can do more but they don’t. It’s because they don’t want to sacrifice or give up anything. A single seed will become a big tree with many fruits if it falls into the ground and dies.
There are three processes for the corn of wheat to go through when it falls into the ground.
1. The Falling of the seed
2. The Dying of the seed
3. The Bearing Fruit of the seed
Excerpt from "Losing, sacrificing, suffering, dying" by Dag Heward-Mills. One of the best books on sacrifice.