The main goal in every Christian’s life is to become more Christ-like. That’s not easy. Today’s devotional from Rod Parsley tells us how.
Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. ~Romans 8:17
Many people wonder why they suffer, or why things seem to get worse once they have come to the Lord. I’m sure Job wondered why he kept losing family and friends—even while remaining faithful! The Bible says that if we share in the sufferings of Christ we will also share in His glory.
God wants to refine us—to develop a Christ-like character in us. God will use adversity to prune us so that we can bear more fruit. He wants us to be the best that He created us to be. If life was easy, would we need to follow Him? The things in our lives that are hindrances, stumbling blocks, or openings for the enemy prevent us from reaching our potential and purpose…and need to be discarded. But how many of us would discard them without the discomfort or the test?
Pray to become more Christ-like. God in His infinite wisdom will transform your life into one that reflects more of the glory of God in Christ Jesus. When you are faced with tests—do not complain or murmur. Continue to praise God, for you know that His glory is about to be revealed in you.
Brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.~James 5:10-11