The first phase of our disciple journey is to Give Up.
Jesus shared in the Bible a very clear picture of the life of a disciple. This can be broken down into three Phases: Give up, Give in, and Give out. Jesus demonstrated the example of giving up every day of His life even unto His death.
“Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.: (John 19:30 NASB)
Paul understood this truth and it moved him into action. He also gave up his life in response and so should we.
“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.” (Galatians 2:20 NASB)
This involves Surrendering, Sacrificing and Listening.