Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it.” – Mark 8:34-35
If we want to live we must first die (repent). If we want to increase in Christ, we must decrease in self.
Those of us who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
“For, as far as this world is concerned, we are already dead, and our true life is a hidden in God, through Christ.” (Ref. Col 3:3)