John 12 tells us about some Greek people who wanted to see Jesus. Verse 25 records a part of Jesus’ response:
“Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.”
In view of these seekers, Jesus cuts to the heart of the matter and tells them that, in the words of the Life Application Study Bible, “We must disown the tyrannical rule of our own self-centeredness” and that by denouncing our own ego and by following him there is a better way to live—forever.
In short, you have to lose your ego to find God.
True seeking requires true humility. We will never find satisfying answers for ourselves if we think we know better than God, and we will never be able to share satisfying answers with others if we think we know better than God. I believe that a part of the reason Jesus talks about this is because if people don’t know that, they will always miss out on what they truly seek.
Here’s a simple question which may help you determine whether or not your ego is getting in the way of your spiritual growth: Are you willing to let Jesus change your mind about an important moral or personal decision?
If the answer is No then you have some things to work out with the Lord.
Jesus said: “Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.”
You have to lose your ego to find God.
–Bible Quotes are from the NIV.