Let’s describe the commitment that Jesus is asking from His disciples:
There is coming a time when it will be easy to be His follower…but right now the price will be tremendous. In order to use the keys of the kingdom you will need to lay your life on the line. Not just theoretically, but actually. There’s no middle line – either you decide to lay down your life for the privilege of using those keys – or you truly don’t want to be His follower.