If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.
For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and
whosoever shall lose his life for My sake shall find it.
“….it would seem that there is within each of us an enemy which we tolerate at our peril. Jesus called it ‘life’ and ‘self,’ or as we would say, the self-life. Its chief characteristic is its possessiveness….To allow this enemy to live is in the end to lose everything. To repudiate it and give up all for
Christ's sake is to lose nothing at last, but to
preserve everything unto life eternal. … the only effective way to destroy this
foe: it is by the Cross…”
Excerpted from The Pursuit of God, by AW Tozer