"If anyone wishes to be a follower of mine, he must leave self behind."--Matthew 16:24
From A Lamp For My Feet, by Elisabeth Elliott:
"What does this mean? Are these mere words? How can one leave self behind, make himself nothing? The answer will not come in a vacuum.
If a man or woman honestly wishes to be a follower, the opportunity will present itself. Christ will say, 'Here is your chance. Now, in this situation, you must make your choice. Will it be self? Or will you choose Me?' "