I thought about what to blog on today and the title that is relevant to where I am in my walk with the Lord. I am going through a process of God redefining my true identity. This requires being a partaker in Christ sufferings to be glorified with Christ. A lot of us want the rewards of a perfect completed work but refuse to go through the process. For purpose and destiny to be fulfilled you have to be crucified with Christ on the cross in pains and sufferings for the flesh and sinful nature to die.
and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. Romans 8:17 NKJV
My question is what would it cost you to serve God? Do you know who you are in Christ (Identity) and what you are called to do here on earth (purposed assignments)? To follow Christ leadership would cost you your time, service and most importantly your heart. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (Matthew 6:21 ). On many occasions I have searched my heart, executing critical check points to ensure my heart is right with God and I have a pure, clear conscience in everything I do.
I would encourage you to draw close to God so He can reveal your true identity. Your true identity is hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3). To discover the true you is to discover Christ in you the hope of glory that results in an unveiling of the authentic you. Life journey is a process that cannot be avoided, escaped but passed through to become who God has called you to be. Just as components of raw material experiences different stages to become a useful product so do we. At the starting point when you pick up the raw item and think of what to do with it to utilize it for the function you have dedicated your time and effort to.
I do not know what you are going through and you feel like this is too much to handle, the pains are unbearable, I would encourage you not to give up. For after the pains, sacrifices and suffering comes the reward and outcome with joy of seeing it through to the end. God would not put you through an unbearable process if He knows you cant handle it or it is beyond your limit. Be totally sold out to Christ and become a partaker in Christ suffering as joint heirs with Christ and Heir of God.