He said those words so many years ago, "Take up your cross and follow me." And following Jesus is not an easy thing to do. It is very difficult, especially because the claws of evil constantly trying to consume our thoughts, words, deeds, and actions. He does that as we see in the ways of the world. There is a better place after this world is done, and it is that place that Jesus' call to take up our cross and follow him, that we are being called to. It is called eternal life.