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Once More on Following Jesus as a Disciple
“If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me…My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” (Luke 9:23 and John 10:27)
As we have seen, following Jesus as a disciple is another way to relate rightly to the Lord in humility and faith. Discipleship begins with renouncing the self-life and confessing death for the self-life. “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily.” Initially and continually, these humble and trusting responses to Jesus deal with self, which is the basic obstruction to following Him. Ultimately, three simple words express the very heart of discipleship: “and follow Me.”

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