Follow Me – 3 Simple Keys for True Followers of Jesus

Follow Me – 3 Simple Keys

Sound Truth Ministry Bible Lesson: Mark 8:34

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What it takes to follow Jesus

Mark 8:34 And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, “Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. (KJV)

Follow me! Imagine Jesus walking up to you and saying those words. Have you heard Him say to you, follow me? This Bible lesson points out the simple keys to true Discipleship.

You must die to (deny) self and be willing to endure all that comes (take up your cross). Once you decide to do so, then you can be a true follower of Jesus.

Deny self

Is this asking too much? To turn down the appetites or desires of your flesh. Jesus set the example “Not my will, but yours…” (Luke 22:42).

Accept that you no longer belong to you. Jesus paid the price to set you free from the penalty for sin. Mark 10:45 For the Son of Man also did not come to be waited upon, but to wait on others, and to give His life as the redemption-price for a multitude of people.” (WNT)

Take up his cross

Be ready to die, i.e., both in a spiritual way, to sin and physical death (martyr). So let it be with you — regard yourselves as dead to sin, but as living for God, through union with Christ Jesus [Romans 6:11 (OEB)]. To take up your cross is to be willing to submit to and obey God. Ready to suffer and go through tests (difficult times).

Jesus carried His cross, the disciples took up theirs, have you?

1 Corinthians 11:1 Be you followers of me, even as I also am of Christ. (AKJV)

Follow me

If you want to be a true follower of Jesus, do as He asks. Be prepared to make sacrifices as you obey God. You will get your reward if you follow His example (Matthew 16:27).

Luke 14:27 Whoever does not carry his own cross [expressing a willingness to endure whatever may come] and follow after Me [believing in Me, conforming to My example in living and, if need be, suffering or perhaps dying because of faith in Me] cannot be My disciple. (AMP)

The choice is yours

Do you understand the 3 simple keys for true disciples of Jesus? 1. Deny self (allow God’s will for your life) 2. Carry your cross (be committed to God) 3. Imitate Jesus!

Mark 8:35-36 For whoever would [try to] save his life [i.e., by neglecting spiritual things] will lose it [i.e., miss out on the blessings of God]. But whoever [is willing] to lose his life [i.e., in commitment to God’s service] for my sake and [the work of] the Gospel’s sake, will save it [i.e., from the consequences of sin and separation from God]. 36 For what would it benefit a person to gain the whole world [i.e., of material things and pleasures] and give up his life [i.e., of spiritual blessings]? (AUV)

Related Bible studies:

Born Again || Christian Life

Question for “Follow Me”: Have you decided to follow Jesus?

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Reference Scriptures

Note: the key verses are enclosed in parenthesis.

Mark 8:34-38 [(34) compare: Luke 9:23-26 (23) and Matthew 16:24-27 (24 and 27)]; Luke 22:39-46 (42); Romans 6:1-14 (11); 1 Corinthians 11:1; Luke 14:25-33 (27)

(AMP) Scripture quotations taken from the Amplified® Bible, Copyright © 2015 by The Lockman Foundation Used by permission. (

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