And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it. For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.
Our Lord Jesus Christ was very blunt and unrepentant when He spoke to His disciples and other people about the true cost of discipleship. He has made known to us that eternity in Heaven is worth the sacrifice of anything and everything earthly. He was very blunt when He warned that instead, one would go to hell with both eyes, that it is more profitable to enter Heaven with one eye by plucking out that eye which inclines to evil. The eye here means any sinful habit. For one to live by this standard and teaching, like Moses, one must esteem eternal and heavenly things far more than all the fun and sinful pleasures of this present life.