Christ and the Disciples by Duccio di Buoninsegna via Wikimedia Commons
O Lord Jesus Christ,
You did not come to the world to be served,
but also surely not to be admired
or in that sense to be worshiped.
You were the way and the truth –
and it was followers only that you demanded.
Arouse us therefore if we have dozed away into this delusion;
save us from the error of wishing to admire you
instead of being willing to follow you and resemble you.
Søren Kierkegaard, 1813 – 1855 Danish philosopher, theologian and author
from The Prayers of Kierkgaard, slightly edited
And someone said to him, “Lord, will those who are saved be few?” And he said to them, “Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.