“After they had preached the gospel to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch, strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying, “Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.” (Acts 14:21 – 22)
No other Way.
No easy way.
“Through many (not few) tribulations” —> ‘must’ —> “enter the kingdom of God”
It may ‘not’ be different for us as well (it was a pretty general statement by the looks of it). A point worth pondering about ‘deeply’.
Another way of looking at it:
‘You’re gonna suffer anyway; so better suffer for God’s Gospel instead which merits great rewards in the coming age.’
Remember (‘everyone’ —> wishing —> live Godly in Christ Jesus —> Persecution, no other way):
“In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,” – apostle Paul (2 Timothy 3:12)
Don’t be deceived otherwise especially by the false ‘prosperity gospel’ which promotes ‘luxury, pride and pleasures of this world instead’.