“If Any Want to Become My Followers”
Remind us, O God, that to be disciples of Jesus is to be students of and followers of Jesus; remind us that to follow Jesus daily will result in our slowly and consistently becoming more and more like Jesus.
Remind us furthermore, O God, that Jesus’ life was characterized by an utter emptying of himself that was motivated by his obedience to his Father and by his love for us; remind us that Jesus did not desperately cling to his life but willingly gave it up and thereby found it again.
We want to follow Jesus, O God. We want to deny ourselves and take up our cross and follow him. We want to lose our life for Jesus’ sake rather than try to save it for our sake.
See, Lord, we are taking up our cross… See, Lord, we are taking a step…
“Then Jesus told his disciples, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life? Or what will they give in return for their life?’” (Matthew 16:24-26)