Empty Yet Full

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Surrendering to the call of Love leads us to abundant life.


Listen to my song “Pour Me Out” on YouTube by clicking HERE.


John 12:24

“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.”


This is one of my favorite teachings of Jesus, although I must say, it never used to be.

It seems an odd thing to say.

It doesn’t compute to the rational mind.

So, most people dismiss it.

In reality, I think this scripture is Jesus’ key teaching on living.

Each of our lives is meant to be transformed by the love of God.

That’s why our immortal spirits are here in these mortal bodies, so we can experience the transforming love of God and so that we might then channel that love to others.

This process seems to be the main pathway in transforming this existence into what has been translated as the “kingdom of God.”

Others say a better translation would be the “peaceable kin-dom” or what I like even better, the “Companionship of Empowerment” (Diarmuid O’Murchu).

For this life to be transformed into a loving existence where each of us is empowered to be who we are meant to be, we have to first let go of all that we aren’t meant to be.

We have to let go of our attachments.

We have to let go of our egocentric ways.

To do that, we have to die to self, as in the ego-generated false self.

We have to be like the grain that falls to the ground.

Then, as we allow God’s unconditional love to change us, we will be transformed just like the grain in the soil.

For the Love that is weaved through everything that exists will empower us to produce much fruit in the service of others.

As we give all, we will paradoxically gain all.

And we will know that it has all been accomplished through grace.


Listen to the song of the day “Pour Me Out” on the Mercy Reigns album by clicking HERE.

Stream and/or purchase my songs on Amazon Music by clicking HERE.

Purchase my book “Mercy Reigns: A Daily Devotional of Compassion, Comfort and Healing” on Amazon 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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