When Jesus talked about following him, especially in view of taking up his cross, the message was simple because it declared that they didn’t have what it took to follow him. What should this do for us? It highlights the amazing reality of God’s grace toward us in making us the righteousness of God and giving us His Spirit. It is no surprise that we now want to follow Jesus into his death … and resurrection.
I’m afraid many Christians have grown so hide-bound that their very thoughts of God and of salvation in Christ are word-oriented rather than life-oriented. Could that be why we think in terms of intellectual-based learning when it comes to the Bible?source