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.
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.