Then he (Jesus) said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me.
(Luke 9:23 NLT)

There is a recent popular exercise program called “CrossFit” that has developed a following. CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program which involves constantly varied, high intensity, functional movements. People sacrifice their personal time, dietary choices and endure suffering with the goal of improving their own health by using demanding all-out physical exertion on a daily basis. There is also an ancient spiritual “cross” conditioning program. People become fit to follow Christ taking up their cross in the sacrifice of self interests with the goal of improving someone else’s life through demanding all-out love on a daily basis.