“Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple” (Luke 14:27).
The productivity of physical training is greatly enhanced by utilizing a broad spectrum of exercises, of varying difficulty and duration. Spiritual training, however, is a one-dimensional exercise, focused upon carrying a cross. Worship, bible study, and prayer are effective tools in helping to maintain that focus. Cross carrying isn’t a one-time thing but an all-the-time pursuit. While it can be inconvenient and cumbersome, one cannot enter into spiritual training without it.