“Then he said to them all, ‘If anyone wants to become my follower, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me.'”
Jesus was born in order to die for man’s redemption. If the cross was central to his experience, it is no less so for his followers. This applies to everyone (“all”).
Three things are necessary: say no to self, die to self and to sin, and do it daily. Only then can one follow him. If God is good all the time, we must do this all the time as well. Are you willing?