There are many who can run a race and finish it. The ones that strive the most are the ones that consistently finish at the front. In order to consistently finish at the front, it requires intense struggle: dealing with fatigue, breathlessness, numbness, dizziness and possibly passing out when finished.
Jesus was asked if only a few would be saved, and His answer was “Strive to enter the narrow door.” It is from the Greek word for strive that we get the word “agonize.” So the spiritual walk with Jesus to His Promised Land is not an easy, coasting thing. And we do not get in unless He knows us—it is not enough for us to know about Him. That isn’t a relationship.
As you seek to connect with the Lord, do not expect it to be easy. The enemy that opposes you in this does not fight fair, and he is strong and quite smart. You will have to strive to win this race to the narrow door. In your agonizing to the narrow door, the Lord Jesus takes notice of you and agonizes with you in this race. This is how He knows you and you can know Him. He speaks encouragement to you as you strive.
Do not stop pressing on to the prize to that which the Lord has called you. We are not saved by works, but by grace, but we still must strive in that grace. Be encouraged that the Lord is near as you strive for the narrow door, and encourage those around you who are also striving. They need to hear from you, and you will be blessed when you do it as they encourage you.
Luke 13:23-27-- And someone said to Him, “Lord, are there just a few who are being saved?” 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. Once the head of the house gets up and shuts the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock on the door, saying, ‘Lord, open up to us!’ then He will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know where you are from.’ Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets’; and He will say, ‘I tell you, I do not know where you are from; depart from Me, all you evildoers.’