Followers of Jesus deny themselves, take up their cross and follow Him

You may be asking, so where do I begin in being and making a disciple of Jesus Christ?

The first step in the Give Up Phase is to Surrender.

Jesus states in Luke 9:23 NASB “If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” We must answer and ask the question, have I truly surrendered my life to Christ.

Jesus gives us three clear characteristics of a surrender.

First, one must deny himself.

Secondly, one is must take up his or her cross daily

Thirdly, one must follow Jesus.

Philippians 2:5–8

Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.