That Is Dying To Self

October 9, 2006 — 13 Comments

When you are forgotten or neglected or purposely set at naught, and you sting and hurt with the insult of the oversight, but your heart is happy, being counted worthy to suffer for Christ — that is dying to self.

When your good is evil spoken of, when your wishes are crossed, your advice disregarded, your opinions ridiculed, and you refuse to let anger rise in your heart, or even defend yourself, but take it all in patient loving silence — that is dying to self.

When you lovingly and patiently bear any disorder, any irregularity, or any annoyance, when you can stand face to face with waste, folly, extravagance, spiritual insensibility, and endure it as Jesus endured it — that is dying to self.

When you are content with any food, any offering, any raiment, any climate, any society, any attitude, any interruption by the will of God — that is dying to self. When you never care to refuse yourself in conversation, or record your own good works, or itch after any commendation, when you can truly love to be unknown — that is dying to self.

When you can see your brother prosper and have his needs met and can honestly rejoice with him in spirit and feel no envy nor question God, while your own needs are far greater and in desperate circumstances — that is dying to self.

When you can receive correction and reproof from one of less stature than yourself, can humbly submit inwardly as well as outwardly, finding no rebellion or resentment rising up within your heart — that is dying to self.” — Author Unknown (Taken from Different By Design by John MacArthur).

Oh, that each of us could be one who dies to themselves
— oh, that I could be one that is dying to self!

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Tim Sweetman


Tim Sweetman is a young writer, blogger, and student who lives near our nation’s capital, Washington D.C. He has been much more widely known by his “code-name,” Agent Tim. This name also served as the name of his popular blog, which received over 750,000 visits between 2005 to 2007. In 2005, he quickly rose to become a leading teenage spokesperson and cultural critic within the booming blogosphere, taking on issues such as MySpace, alcohol, homeschooling, pride, racism, tolerance, and other topics relating to our culture today. His blog has come to the attention of people such as Albert Mohler, C.J. Mahaney, Alex and Brett Harris, and La Shawn Barber. Tim’s written work has appeared in Lifeway’s Living With Teenagers (February 2012), Lookout Magazine, FUSION Magazine, The Brink Online, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, Virtue Magazine, Regenerate Our Culture Online Magazine, and on many other blogs and websites across the internet like Marry Well and the Lies Young Women Believe Blog. He has also been featured in WORLD Magazine, The Towers Magazine, and Maryland Newsline. He is scheduled to have an article appear in Veritas Magazine this December. Most recently, his work can be found on Focus on the Family’s Boundless Webzine. His personal interests include writing (surprise!) and sports, both watching and playing. He is a die-hard Washington Redskins fan.

13 responses to That Is Dying To Self

  1. Wow, that was very convicting! I’m going to print this off and keep it handy!

  2. Thank you for this post!

  3. WOW! That was a pretty good post. I think that I failed everything that you mentioned.

  4. Thanks for the post. My girls group at church has been on this topic. I am going to print it out and take it tonight. It makes you think (and hopefully act).

  5. Wow that was convicting. Great post Tim.

  6. Moriah Strickland October 10, 2006 at 8:56 PM

    Wow! That was amazing, and so very convicting. We as Christians need to always remember this. Thanks, Tim!

  7. Tim, are you able to do all of the above? If not where do you fail and where do you succeed?

  8. RC,
    As one, who like many others, is still growing in holiness as a regenerated believer, I fall short in all of the above. But, thanks to the grace of God, He has been working in my sanctification, and I can honestly say that in some areas I am closer than in others to following the statement above. I have found that when I am in deep study of God’s Word and learning from Him and talking to Him constantly, I do not fall. But it is so easy to take our eyes off of him! And when I do, I again sink beneath the waves into selfishness and pride.

  9. Thank you so much for that post. I have been feeling a bit lost and forgotten. God will never leave us or forsake us, but he does test us. He refines us through the fire. He shows us how much we value things by taking them away and then asks, “How much do you value me? Dear child, don’t you know I’m all you’ll ever need? I’ll take care of you. I will protect you.”


  10. Thanks Tim for your honest reply.

  11. ouch. *definately falls short*

    Thanks for posting that one Tim :)

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