"…If anyone wishes to come after me," Jesus said, "He must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow me." (Luke 9:23 NASB) These are familiar words to anyone who has been a believer for awhile. Following Jesus really does involve more than saying "I believe." Faith is the foundation of salvation but doing something is the natural consequence of a living faith.
Following Jesus implies doing what he did, and acting as he acted. It means hearing and heading his commands so that the life of Jesus is more than an ancient story. The Life of Jesus is meant to live and breath in our own lives.
Would you turn this morning to Romans 15 with me, as we look at Jesus living not for himself but living for others.