Poet,T. S. Eliot (1888-1965) wrote, “You will never attract the young by making Christianity easy; but a good many can be attracted by finding it difficult: difficult both to the disorderly mind and to the unruly passions.”
I think I have very clearly seen this to be true through the years. Making conversation, discipleship and obedience intensive and intentional and not just some other ‘churchy thing’ to take up time and energy is certainly a positive way for the new believer. Not a system of works but a system of will and fixed intentions.
One person who comes to my mind when thinking of those who have put these demands on the youth of today with great results is Mike Bickle of the International House of Prayer in Kansas City, Missouri. He has attracted thousands and thousands of youth to Christ by not making it easy. Even so…all must beware of being legal and religious while pressing for demands and responsibility. Even though difficult…it is still by grace and grace alone.
“Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.” Jesus