Matt. 7:14 – Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.
Jesus made it very clear that the way to life is rough, narrow and difficult. Everyone begins every new adventure in life with naïve hope and enthusiasm. Every wedding will begin with passion and then move into problems. Every decorated nursery will receive a baby that presents unexpected challenges. Everything you do, no matter how well-organised and of good intention, will run into troublesome times.
Jesus also made it clear that there is no shortcut. There is no better, more satisfying, less rough road through your life that will lead to real lasting joy. This narrow way will expose you to severe struggles, terrible failures and crushing conflicts. But when God is with you on this road, it leads to the life that God gives and takes you where God wants you to go. No matter what struggles you may face, God has His plans to overcome them.