Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. (Matthew 7:13-14)
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30)
Here is where the thinker in me says which is it. Is the way narrow and difficult or is it light? I for certain know it is not that simple, but in putting these two ideas together something must settle.
Perhaps few find the easy yoke. Perhaps few find the labor that is easy. Perhaps the majority are heavy laden and that is the wide road to destruction.
If the way is narrow, we should not expect there to be great numbers who come to believe. This would point to a different culture than come one come all and be happy in Jesus with us. We still love. We still expect God to bring those who are His into the fold. But we expect our influence to work in ways different than through massive numbers. Massive numbers do not seem to be the way of God (see Judges 7).
Conclusion, narrow and difficult is the way to life and when you find it you also find the easy way to remain on the path, but do not expect the same crowd with you.