Then he said to them all, “If anyone wants to follow after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of me will save it. For what does it benefit someone if he gains the whole world, and yet loses or forfeits himself? For whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his glory and that of the Father and the holy angels. Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God.”
Luke 9:23-27 (CSB)
Following Jesus often means it will cost us. It can cost us financially, physically, emotionally. It can cost us our comforts, our conveniences, our very lives. But when we say yes to each step of obedience, when we carry the cross we are to bear, we will know Jesus more deeply. We will know His suffering, His death, but also His resurrection power. In the upside-down kingdom of God, what we lose, we gain; when we die, we live.
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