“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it." Matt 7:13-14
No one ever said that living the Christian life would be easy. In fact, if one were to follow conventional wisdom, it is well understood that nothing worth having is. In this day and age (and perhaps all days and ages) many of us want to eat our cake and yet still have it. We want all of the rights and privileges of heaven but all of the tastes, touches and smells of the world and the restrictions of neither, particularly the heavenly.
Beloved, following Christ is a choice. God Himself gave us that choice and we exercise it every day. We are easily lulled into thinking that we can have it both ways, primarily because God is long suffering with us and does not always (or often for that matter) cause us to pay the price for wrong choices immediately. A toe in dark water becomes a shin, a thigh, a torso and ultimately the whole body. That is an excellent way to drown which can be avoided all together by staying on dry land.
Walking by faith involves taking God at His word. It means that we believe his heavenly and everlasting promises. But it also means believing that they are inextricable from His warnings about making the wrong choices. Walking with God and walking with the crowd are two entirely different things. Let us remember that trouble and destruction are very easy to find and readily available. Glory, however, is worth the search along the barely trodden path.