Those who do not deny themselves
cannot follow Christ. For choosing to follow Jesus and to actually
follow Him springs from no ordinary courage.
Those who deny themselves wipe out
their former wicked lives. For example, those who once were immoral
deny their immoral selves and become self-controlled forever.
Those who have become righteous
don't confess themselves but Christ. Those who find wisdom, because
they posses wisdom, also confess Christ. And those who "with
the heart believe unto righteousness, and with the mouth make
confession unto salvation," and testify for Christ's works by
confessing them to others will be confessed by Christ before His
Father in heaven.
As a result, let every thought,
every purpose, every word, and every action become a denial of
ourselves and a testimony about Christ and in Christ.
I am persuaded that the perfect
person's every action is a testimony to Christ Jesus and that
abstinence from every sin is a denial of self, leading to Christ.
Those people are crucified with Christ. They take up their own
crosses to follow Him who, for our sake, bore His own cross.