From a Ben Witherington post on Cross-Carrying vs. Burden-Bearing:
Some preachers have thought that the way to get more people into the pews is by making it easy— Gospel lite— less filling, tastes great. In fact Jesus suggests just the opposite. He takes the approach of the Marines. He tells one and all, it’s going to be hard to follow, hard to live up to his demands, indeed it may even lead to one’s demise and then he exhorts his audience—-‘whose up the challenge’?
How about it? Are you up for the challenge?