All throughout God's word, He commands His children to come out from the world and be separate from the things of the world. As Christ's followers, we are to deny self, take up our crosses daily, and follow Him to Calvary, where He was crucified--just as we are to crucify self every day.
But this is not very easy to do. When one is attached to the pleasures that the world has to offer, and the smooth, wide, easy path that the world offers, the straight and narrow way seems rough indeed to travel. But that is where Satan has dimmed the eyes of his followers. For, if we would look into God Word, we would find that it is filled with hundreds of promises and blessings that will be poured out on those who follow Christ to Calvary. I would list them here but there are just too many. I encourage you to search them out for yourselves!
The next time you feel that taking up your cross is just "too hard," and it will cause you to "miss out" on too many "pleasures" this world has to offer... think again! Open your eyes and see what God really offers to those who follow Him! It is not just a path of hardship and self-denial! There will be days of hardship and trail, but He promises that He will walk with us every step of the way, carry our burdens, and give us His easy yoke and light burden. Instead of dwelling remorsefully on the few soon-ending pleasures this world can give you, count the blessing that God wants to give you! Which would be a better path to choose?
"Choose for yourselves this day, whom you will serve....
But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD!"