“If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me” (Mark 8:34).
Self-denial is a matter one’s focal point. It is either oneself; your wants; your desires; or it is the cross, which inevitably makes it about others. Consider Jesus’ words in light of Oxford Dictionary’s 2013 word of the year…“selfie.” Strangely enough, it is the very thing we as believers are called to reject–a preoccupation with ourselves. He must increase while we must decrease.