“Let’s be honest: even sedentary, overweight people can eventually run a marathon–but getting to that point won’t be easy. In the same way, pleasure-loving, weak-willed Christians can be transformed to more accurately represent the risen and ascended Christ — but getting there takes a lot of effort and constant focus.
Perhaps this is why Jesus told us we must take up the cross daily. True transformation isn’t built on a onetime decision or on a spark of inspiration and motivation after attending a prayer meeting or reading a book. It’s built on consistent choices. Small events eventually create big characters.”
Gary Thomas in The Beautiful Fight, pages 201-202