“Whoever desires to come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me.” – Matthew 16:24
In this generation that glorifies me, myself, and I which is the opposite of what God says to deny oneself. James 4:6 states, “God resists the proud but give grace to the humble.”
What does it mean to deny oneself?
For one thing, we must take ourselves out of the equation because it is never about me or you, but it is about our Lord Jesus Christ. Not literally though. The world will tell you to make a name for yourself and follow your ambition. However, if you want to become Christ-follower, Mark 8:35 states, “For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it.”
Not to say that we shouldn’t have goals but as long as we involved God in everything and do it unto Him instead of for men. It would have been easier to do life when we partner with God instead of solely relying on ourselves.
Jesus simply had given an analogy about the life of a person who rejected the way to eternal life versus those who have realized their need for a Savior.
“For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” – Matthew 16:26