Second, living in the shadow of the cross means my life must be in obedience to the will of God. Jesus said "not everyone who says, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven" (Matthew 7:21). For me, discerning the will of God means dealing with issues like loving our enemies when they want to kill us, death with dignity, health care for all, faith conversations about abortion, homosexuality, same-sex marriage and people, especially children, who go to bed hungry when our food stores are full of available food. There is a cost to discipleship! Am I willing to say "yes" to the invitation "to follow me"? The key to meaningful discipleship is how seriously I believe the words of Jesus in the garden when he said "not what I want but what you want" (Matthew 26:39).