Just as the blessings promised by God are unutterably great, so their acquisition requires much hardship and toil undertaken with hope and faith. This is clear from Christ's words: 'He, who does not hate father and mother, brothers and sisters, wife and children, and even his own soul, cannot be a disciple of Mine' (Lk. 14:26). Most people are so lacking in intelligence as to want to attain the great and inconceivable blessing of the kingdom of God, and to inherit eternal life and reign with Christ forever, while living according to their own desires ? or rather, according to him who sows within them clearly noxious vanities.
St. Makarios of Egypt