When we exercise weak, even atrophied physical muscles, it hurts but in a certain way the pain feels good for we know the pain will reap physical rewards.
When we exercise weak, even atrophied spiritual muscles , it too will hurt, but in the pain will be the pleasure of knowing we will reap a great spiritual reward.
This walk we call faith demands we exercise our determination to follow He who lead the way carrying his own cross. Now it is our turn. We must daily take up our own cross, and engage the struggle to drag this sometimes seemingly impossibly heavy weight to the place where we will be poured out as a drink offering to the almighty. If we do not. If we drop our cross and walk away, seeking a place of personal comfort, we are no longer following Him, and no longer are worthy of Him.
In ourselves we cannot make ourselves worthy for only His sacrifice makes us worthy. But we must chose to stay worthy. And Christ himself defined how we do so:
“Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me.” – Christ, Matthew 10:38
Let us again this day determine to take up this Cross. In the end the pain will be worth it.
Worthy is the Lamb who was slain!