Sweet Surrender


Your ego will never lead you to your true self.

(Listen to my song “You’ll Lead Me” on YouTube by clicking HERE)


John 12:24-26

“Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there also will my servant be.”


This is a key teaching of Jesus to help you discover who you are.

It seems in order to discover our true selves…we have to let go of our false selves.

The false self is the person our ego creates…which is usually based on what our culture tells us is the definition of success.

It is usually about power, prestige and possessions. All these things will not last…nor will the false self.

The worst case scenario is that they all disintegrate when we die. How awful it would be to see it all slipping away on our death beds and to realize we were never our true selves!

Jesus said the false self must fall to the ground and die.

If we love the life this world wants for us…we will lose the life we were meant to live. But if we hate the life that this world tells us to live…we will find the life meant for us.

This requires us to change. Most of us don’t like change.

But to be a Christian we must change. It requires letting go of our egos’ desires…letting them die…so that God’s desires can grow in us. 

Jesus shows us the way.

That’s why being a fan of Jesus is practically meaningless.

We must actually follow him!

This will take you on the path of dying…then rising.

It will require making changes in how we live our lives…how we treat people and the environment. It will require some painful yet exciting and growth-filled transitions.

The payoff will be inner-peace, being a positive influence in the world, experiencing a taste of the kingdom of God…and discovering your true self.


Listen to my song “You’ll Lead Me” on the Listen to Your Heart album by clicking HERE.

Stream 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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