What does it mean “to die to oneself”

“Amen, amen, I say to you, unless the grain of wheat falling into the ground die, itself remaineth alone. But if it dies it bringeth forth much fruit. He that loveth his life shall lose it and he that hateth his life in this world keepeth it unto life eternal.”

John 12:24-25

It sounds fantastic to be on the side of an Omniscient, Omnipresent and Almighty God. It seems like all our wildest dreams and wishes should come true!

And yet, the true Christian walk is one of humility, one of re-learning to walk in love, by putting God and others before us.

Recently I had something difficult to do for a close friend. If it was up to me, I wouldn’t have done it. And yet, I knew this friend, whom I love, needed for me to help. And so in an effort to be the bigger person, I let that part of me that wanted to say no, die. It cost me a little pride, a tad work and some minor out-of-my-comfort-zoneness.

But the rewards were great. I not only made my friend really happy, it blessed four other people too. And I found out that it was not as difficult as I initially thought it would be. A dying to self that brought new life.

Dying to oneself can mean many things on many different occasions. This time it was me letting a little selfish part of me die in order that a more loving, helping, more accommodating part of me may live.

What can you do today to die to yourself for God’s glory?

Post 3/52*
I’m doing 52 posts this year 2022: reflections/testimonies/book reviews/whatever God leads. Hopefully you’ll be blessed by something I share! X

One thought on “What does it mean “to die to oneself”

  1. An act of dying to yourself turned out to be a blessing to a total of 5 other people! How cool is that!!!

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