“If anyone would come after me,
let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”
(Jesus Christ, as recorded in Luke 9:23, ESV)
The third aspect of the Christian life we see in this verse is following Jesus. Following Jesus means actively identifying oneself with Jesus and willingly accepting that which he teaches.
In order to truly follow Christ, a person must deny self and take up their cross. After ceasing to live for oneself and submitting to God’s will, a person is able to follow Jesus as he models and teaches God’s way.