And he said to all, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself? (Luk 9:23-25)
Is this a picture of a life that is indistinguishable from the world 5 1/2 days a week with a couple of interludes of religion thrown in? What have most of us really denied ourselves today? This week? This year? Ever?