Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains by itself alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit [wheat].
(John 12:24, NASB)
Only when Gideon’s army broke their pitchers could the light on the inside shine out. (See Judges 7:20.) Only when Mary’s alabaster box was broken could its contents be poured out as an act of worship. (See Mark 14:3.) Only when the loaves and fishes were broken could the hungry multitude be fed. (See Matthew 14:19.) Are you getting the idea? We all have to be broken.
Anthony Lockett wrote a song called “The Upside Down Kingdom.” Here’s how it works: If you want to preserve life, you give it away (see Luke 9:24). If you want to be on top, humble yourself before God (see Matthew 23:12). If you want to be the greatest, learn to serve others (see Matthew 23:11). If you want to really live, die to self (see Romans 8:13). If you want to make a difference in this world, sow your life like a seed into the lives of others (see John 12:24).
Listen: “I counted dollars while God counted crosses; I counted gains while He counted losses. I counted my worth by the things put in store; He sized me up by the scars that I bore. I counted honors, and I sought degrees; He counted the time I’d spent on my knees. I never knew till one day by a grave, how vain are the things that we spend life to save.”
Think about it!
 Gass, B. (1998). A Fresh Word For Today : 365 Insights For Daily Living (p. 147). Alachua, FL: Bridge-Logos Publishers.