“If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me” (Matthew 16:24).
Discipleship is the costliest of pursuits. Unfortunately, the language of the cross has lost its challenge. Its rugged and weighty symbolism has been smoothed over and made it into something light and easy to bear. Instead of symbolizing an abiding faith, it has become a fashionable accessory. Denying, taking up, and following is a death wish—but in these, you find life.