If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and the gospel will save it. -Mark 8:34-35I think I've figured out what Jesus is saying in this verse.
I think He's saying that if we want to be His disciples, we have to deny ourselves and follow Him.
We have to stop acting spoiled, stop insisting on comfort, stop demanding our rights, and stop being consume with *temporal* concerns.
We have to deny ourselves. It flies in the face of our culture and our hard-wiring.
But - as the text says - IF we're to follow Him, we MUST.