And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.
The call to follow Jesus is not simply one of intellectual ascent or philosophical agreement, but of action. Obviously you’ve got to believe in Jesus, but that belief, if it is true, will result in action. You cannot follow Jesus and not see any change in your life. To become a Christian is to die to yourself and live for Jesus, and this is a daily choice. You cannot simply punch your ticket and then put it in cruise control. Wake up every day and confirm your commitment to follow Jesus, not yourself. If you want to follow both Jesus and yourself, you’re going to be miserable… BUT, if you follow Jesus with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength, you can’t lose. Follow him!