So, Brad, are you saying that dying for Christ is discipleship?
No, I am not saying that. Dying for Christ is martyrdom.
Discipleship is dying to Christ! Once you die TO Christ you will be empowered to live FOR Him - and if necessary - die for Him. Discipleship is what enabled this dear brother the strength and courage to LIVE for Jesus and to submit to DYING for Him. Discipleship is denying yourself daily - putting Him first - and carrying your cross for Him daily - dying to His will.
Have you done that today?