Then, calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it. And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul? If anyone is ashamed of me and my message in these adulterous and sinful days, the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person when he returns in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”
We have an obligation to give up our life so that we can gain life in the one we follow, the one we talk about to our friends and family members who have yet to hear the Gospel.
Let's not be ashamed of His message in thinking that we would lose out to others in success, accomplishments or deeds. It's because of His blood that we can do all these things for Him. It is a greater honour to bless than to be blessed.
Keep us in line God and keep us off the easy paths because You love us that deeply to never let us go. Thank You for this privilege.