His [Jesus'] message is: What I am asking is more than any of you can possibly give. You must ask for terms.
There is no hope for any of us until we confess our helplessness to be Christians. Then we are in a position to receive grace. There we have the "terms": grace– first, last, and always. So long as we see ourselves as competent, we do not qualify. Jesus vividly depicted the obligations as beyond us. But "Come to me," He says. Carry your cross and come with Me. I alone can make you a disciple.
Be Still My Soul