Paul challenged the Corinthians to follow him as he followed Christ. Are you following Christ so closely that it would be safe for you to give someone a challenge like that?
Jesus left the pinnacle of glory, to be born in a stable in Bethlehem. Then at the end, He went a dark and dreadful second mile to the grave.
Life is real and there are consequences for every decision that we make. The decision to follow Jesus or not to follow Jesus has consequences that will affect us now and in eternity.