Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me.
Are you a Christ follower? Before you answer that question think about the words of Jesus here in Matthew 16:24. If any of you “want to” be my follower, you must give up your own way. What is your “want to”? Is it to follow in the footsteps of your Saviour and live a life like Him? Every believer needs to examine what their “want to” in life is. If you do not “want to” follow after Him, sadly then you would be considered a lukewarm believer. What does it take to be lukewarm? Simple, do little to nothing for the kingdom of God. If you take a hot cup of coffee, set it down and do nothing with it, it will turn lukewarm.
It is amazing to me how many believers who say they know Jesus, don’t really follow after Him according to His own words. What was the purpose of giving your life to Him if not to follow Him? Jesus said if you want to be His follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow Him. To give up your own way means to stop living life for you, the way you think you should live, and instead follow His example living for Him. In following His example the key is God wants us to “want to” follow Him, not feel like we “have to”.
If we truly are “Christ Followers” then we are taking the new life He gave us and using it to bring glory to God. It begins by renewing your mind to who you have become in Christ Jesus. This needs to be your focus as a believer in Christ. Renewal of the mind requires both a new way of thinking and also putting into practice this new way of living empowered from within. To live a life that really will mean something in the end, you must have the “want to” to follow Him.