A friend of mine has this phrase written on a card that she keeps on her refrigerator. It is one of those things that it is wise to be reminded of frequently. In our day comfort and convenience, self preservation and self gratification tend to be our focus. But Jesus has told us to deny self, take up our cross and follow Him. It is perfectly reasonable for Him to expect us to do this, for this is what He did for us. He not only took up His cross, He experienced it fully.