Matthew 7:14. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.
Serving God out of love doesn’t mean it is going to be all sweetness and joy. We have to die to our flesh every single day of our lives. And that is not easy. What do I mean by dying to the flesh? I mean the flesh wants to do everything that doesn’t cost anything to itself. It wants the easy way out. The flesh is very demanding, like a spoilt brat. It is selfish in all its ways and has very low standards morally. There is a war on constantly for the believer in Christ Jesus to discipline themselves in the ways of God.
Matthew 11:29-30. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and My burden is light.
While serving God can be difficult, Jesus tells us, in my way of thinking – do it His way. What was difficult to do, becomes enjoyable, because instead of concentrating how difficult a thing is, we keep our eyes on Jesus. As a result, He gives us the grace to do what seemed impossible to do.
God is also very forgiving for the many, many times we fail Him, if we truly have a repented heart. So we can rest in Jesus, because of the trust we have in Him.
Many Christians love talking about Gods love, mercy and forgiveness, but few are willing to put the hard work in dying to self. It’s when we die to ourselves, all the God given benefits come. Such as we become more like Him every day, accordingly to how much we are willing to discipline ourselves out of love for Him. To be like Jesus, the miracles also come as well as imitating His nature.