There is much to be said about self denial and the scripture repeats this theme over and over.
Jesus is clear. The Apostles and their letters are clear.
Do I get it? Commitment to the Messiah means taking up my cross daily, giving up my hopes, dreams, possessions, even my very life if need be for the cause of the Messiah. Only if I willingly take up my cross may I be called His disciple. The reward is worth the price.
Jesus followed His call of death to self (“Take up your cross and follow Me”) with the gift of life in the Messiah: “For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it” (Matthew 16:25-26).
But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of the Messiah. | Philippians 3:7
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