It's not hard to understand why people don't like Jesus' teachings. After all, it's not like He said stuff that was easy to swallow: Love the people who persecute you, don't look at a woman and lust, don't judge others unless you're ready to be judged. What Jesus taught was divisive and challenging, and people didn't like it then any more than they like it now. That's why Jesus told his listeners about the wide and the narrow roads. One is easy; one is difficult. One is crowded; the other is lonely. The reality is that most people don't want to take the hard way. But let's be honest: aren't the best things in life typically the ones that are the hardest to attain? If you choose the path of following Christ, then you're in for a challenging, lonely road. And though it may not be easy every step of the way, it will be good.
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Seth is a pastor, author, and speaker who lives in Batesville, Indiana. He is married to Kari, and they have two daughters, Madelyn and Noelle.