Christ denied Himself to take up His cross and follow the Father’s redemptive plan to save mankind. Love motivated Christ to do what He did. To be a true disciple, we too must deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow the example of Jesus and love should be our motivation as well. What does it mean to follow Christ? It means supreme love, supreme loyalty and supreme loss. The benefits far outweigh the sacrifice–eternal life, His presence, power, peace, promises, provision, protection, eternal glory, and heavenly home.