“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” (ESV)
Contrary to what you might hear in some churches today, the way that leads to eternal life is a difficult, less-traveled path. There are many blessings along the way, but there are also many hardships.
A common misconception is thinking that the Christian life is easy, and that God solves all of our problems. If that were true, the path to heaven would be wide and easy.
The apostle Peter warned believers not to be surprised by painful trials:
“Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.” (1 Peter 4:12-13, NIV)
One of the early church’s great preachers, John Chrysostom (349-407) said, “The narrow path is unattractive by nature but becomes easy when we choose to follow it, because of our hope for the future.”
Always remember that the road less traveled leads to eternal life.