Matt. 16:24 If any man (mankind),
will come after ME, let him deny himself, and take up "his cross,"
and follow ME.
Sermons, and blogs on the Internet, don't come close to the real meaning/understanding of this Scripture. It is also mention in Mark 8:34, and Luke 9:23. This Scripture is the foundation of discipleship.
The Scripture was spoken by Immanuel-Christ-Jesus: in three Gospels - it must be important!
"Come after ME" = follower.
Immanuel-Christ-Jesus came to satisfy the death-penalty, from the Garden. The Cross of Christ reconciled the Father and mankind.
"Take up his cross" = the Cross of Reconciliation.
We must deny our flesh man, and get to work handling the LORD'S Business.
Phil. 2:5-8 the Mind of Christ = see, know, and do, the big-picture.
This mind must also be in us.
"Take up his cross" is a Command. No calling, or invite required.