Fans in the bleachers don't make it to heaven (Matt 7:21).
Wanting to follow Jesus Christ you must deny yourself, not "something," but rather your whole being and purpose in life. To follow the truth into salvation is not to be taken lightly. You must let go your current allegiance to "religious" error, traditions and rules made by men, a dead faith (James 2:17) and all other sins (Luke 13:3) along with those who might promote it (Luke 14:26). You must take up the cross daily. Do you know how painful, humiliating and stressful that can be? Do you fully understand what comes with the cross? Persecution will happen (2 Tim 3:12). It is important to count the cost (Luke 14:28) if you are to be faithful till the end (Rev 2:10). This is required of you in order to follow the King/Master/Savior, and why so many reject the calling to be a disciple (Matt 7:13).
But if you do deny yourself, take up the cross and follow Christ in obedience (Mark 16:16) you will receive love, family, unity and peace in the Lord's church (Rom 16:16).
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