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Did He Just Say That: Hate Your Life

December 12, 2021 / Dr. Clayton Chisum

Jesus said “Hate Your Life”

Did He Just Say That?

December 12, 2021

Dr. Clayton Chisum

John 12:25 (ESV)

This is a paradox- something that does not seem logical until it’s investigated and found true.

We need to be faithful to God’s Word by investigating the context to understand what Jesus means.

John 12:20-22 (ESV)

These Gentiles asked Philip if they could meet Jesus. When Jesus heard of their requests, he responded with some truths…

John 12:23 (ESV)

John 12:24 (ESV)

This is a profound statement and another paradox from Jesus.

Jesus died in your place, so that you can have life!

Mark 10:45 (ESV)


John 12:25 (ESV)

These two opposing ideas of loving your life and hating your life produce different results.

Jesus gives a warning about living only in the present…

Matthew 6:19 (ESV)

What are your ultimates (treasures) in this life?

Matthew 6:20 (ESV)

Chase after God, instead of chasing after the things of this world. Pursue him, act like him, treat others as he would, and sacrifice for others.

John 12:25 (ESV)

Hating your life in this world means you are so committed to Jesus that you have undergone a “death to self.”

Galatians 6:14 (ESV)


There is a choice you have to make, with two options:


The pathway to perishing is being in love with your life, instead of in love with God.

Proverbs 14:12 (ESV)

The world says “Come, follow me,” but Jesus is saying to choose a better way- the journey to joy.


Hating your life is not a call to .

Making yourself poor is not the answer to hating your life.

Hating your life means you do what lines with Jesus’ commands and his glory. It means tough decisions and sacrifice will be included.


Hating your life is not a call to carry around your .

Those who carry around their martyr card are those who purposefully seek out persecution, wanting others to see it.

Hating your life does not mean engaging in self-sabotage.


The journey to joy is a journey to .

If you do not die to yourself, change your priorities, and hate your life in this world, then the Holy Spirit really has no room to work in you.

1 Corinthians 15:36 (ESV)


To see the fruit of the Spirit working in your life, it takes a death to self.

Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV)

John 12:26 (ESV)

Jesus denied himself daily. He served, sacrificed, and thought of others more than himself.

John 12:24 (ESV)

where you are planted

Followers of Jesus are like seeds, and we must be willing to grow where God has planted us.

Galatians 2:20 (ESV)

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