When we allow our egos’ desires to diminish…our true selves emerge.

(Listen to my song “Breathe On Me” on YouTube by clicking HERE)


Luke 9:23-24

Jesus said to all, “If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.”


This is a key teaching of Jesus…but probably is mostly skimmed-over out of lack of understanding.

He’s giving us the formula for living our lives…for becoming our “true selves”.

To deny yourself is to deny your ego’s self-centered desires so you can truly be present to yourself and those around you.

To take up your cross is to then carry whatever struggles you might encounter in following the way of Jesus.

Living for the greater Good of all will not endear you to those playing the world’s game.

It will make you radically different in the eyes of today’s culture which tells you to grab and amass more and more possessions…to satisfy your ego’s every whim and desire…and avoid struggles while numbing your vulnerabilities.

The paradox is this: If we follow our culture’s path…we end up with lots of material stuff that all eventually disappears and we never actually know our true selves.

But if we follow Jesus and let go of our ego’s insatiable desires…we end up finding the true meaning of our existence.

That is truly salvation!


Listen to the song of the day “Breathe On Me” on the Listen to Your Heart album by clicking HERE.

Sample and/or purchase my songs on iTunes by clicking HERE.

Remember…God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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