If anyone desires to come after me
24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.
25 "For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.
26 "For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? (NKJ)
*let him deny himself
a) to affirm that one has no acquaintance or connection with someone
b) to forget oneself, lose sight of oneself and one's own interests
*You will not be able to pick up the cause of Christ before you lay down your own cause.
26 "If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple.
27 "And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. (NKJ)
*he cannot be My disciple.
If you do not place Christ before anything else you will not make it. you cannot be my disciple! Unless you prioritize your life you will always lose your focus.
33 "So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple. (NKJ)
*forsake all that he has
We put our possesions before Christ!
31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (KJV)