In the grand scheme of things there are relatively few who will make the decision to receive Jesus as Lord of their life, and then faithfully follow Him throughout the course of their lifetime. Given the reality of our human drives and desires, it takes guts to lay down your life. This is because we instinctively know what total commitment to God costs. Can you see why God is pleased with those who decide to take that leap of faith, and at the same time saddened and indignant with those who try to hedge their bets?
The Bible is very clear that only those who turn from their sinful ways and invite Christ to be Lord of their lives will ever be allowed to share in all He has prepared for us. In His mercy God helps us to receive Him as Lord. It’s His gift to us, made possible only by His boundless grace.