Jesus Christ said:

“The gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.” Matthew 7:14 NLT

This means that,

“Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.” 1. John 2:6 NLT

So just like Jesus, you need to be willing to give up your own selfish ways, and just like Jesus, take up your cross and be willing to give up your life for Him, loving Him above anybody or anything else!

Jesus made this very clear when He said:

“If any of you wants to be My follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow Me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for My sake, you will save it.” Matthew 16:24-25 NLT


“If you love your father or mother more than you love Me, you are not worthy of being Mine; or if you love your son or daughter more than Me, you are not worthy of being Mine. If you refuse to take up your cross and follow Me, you are not worthy of being Mine!” Matthew 10:37-38 NLT

“Don’t imagine that I came to bring peace to the earth! I came not to bring peace, but a sword. I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. Your enemies will be right in your own household!” Matthew 10:34-36 NLT

This is the reason why the Christian walk is very narrow and difficult, and many of those so-called Christians are just phony fakes, who are not willing to sacrifice their selfish ways and live in obedience to God’s will!

These so-called Christians are only living to please themselves, and yet the Bible says:

“For even Christ didn’t live to please Himself.” Romans 15:3 NLT