I really struggle with the mentality that we're going to be 100% "fixed" down here. Jesus came to free us from our sin and bring us into a right relationship with Him. I'm missing the part where it says we'd be completely struggle free.
The more I get into ministry, the more broken I become, the more I realize I need Jesus, the more dependent I become on Him to minister to others out of my brokenness.
It's like mint. And rose petals.
Their essence is released after
they are crushed. Not before.
We are privileged to share in the sufferings of Christ.
"For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake,"
Philippians 1:29 ESV
Earlier in that passage Paul also emphasizes:
"... what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel"
Philippians 1:12 ESV
His perspective is not on what he is going through. His perspective is on the success of the gospel. In Philippians he's specifically referencing his being in prison but in 2 Corinthians 12 Paul also describes a more personal struggle:
But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10
Why would we be arrogant enough to think we can successfully live the Christian life without
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