Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and
me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. Matthew 16:24-25
Jesus calls for
As much as any word in the Bible, the word life encapsulates the longings we feel – desires like satisfaction, purpose,
, identity, and love.
Why would Jesus tell us there’s a way for us to really have life if we weren’t supposed to long for life? But it doesn’t come by just being a
can be on the team.
isn’t too much for Jesus to forgive. Our weaknesses are not greater than His strength.
not rules. (Eph. 1:17)
There is a deep commitment to following Jesus. We should understand that. The
in life require commitment.
Followers are always
. (Lk. 9:23)
In Jesus we are “born again,” and we begin a journey where He expects growth to happen as we
If we are not changing and becoming more like Jesus, it says something is desperately wrong. We are either spiritually very unhealthy or we aren’t really a follower; we’re just a