Summoning the crowd along with His disciples, He said to them, "If anyone wants to be My follower, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me.
For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me and the gospel will save it.
For what does it benefit a man to gain the whole world yet lose his life?
What can a man give in exchange for his life?
For whoever is ashamed of Me and of My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels."