Then said Jesus to his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
If you would acquire skill in the handling of tools you can only get it by earning it. Nobody can acquire it for you. Nor can you acquire it by seeing others handle tools. Though you know how skilled workmen bring results to pass, you cannot bring the same results to pass unless you have yourself had experience in handling tools. I know precisely how an adept musician rolls out magnificent harmonies on the organ; but when I take his seat I cannot roll out those harmonies. If I choose to go through suffering enough, if I am willing to give the necessary time that I might more pleasantly spend in some other way, I may accomplish it, but not otherwise.
(H. W. Beecher.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.