Rick Warren in his book "The Purpose Driven Life" said that the purpose of life is not for the comfort but for character development.The character God wants to develop in us was clearly stated in Galantians 5:22 (Nine Fold Fruit of the Holy Spirit ).But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives He will produce these kinds of fruits in us :Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self Control .
God is much more concerned with our character because we will take our character into eternity but not our career,wealth, or possessions. What God cares about most is whatever we do, we do in a Christ like manner .
Jesus did not die in the cross just so we could live comfortable,well adjusted lives. His purpose is far deeper. He wants to make us like Himself before He takes us to Heaven.
When life is rosy,we may slide , by knowing about Jesus,imitating,quoting and speaking of Him. But only in suffering will we know Jesus. We learn things about God in suffering that we can't learn by any other way.
Life is a series of problems. Everytime we solve one another is waiting to take its place.Not all of them are big but all are significant in God's growth process for us. God uses problems to draw us closer to Himself. God could have kept Joseph out of jail: kept Daniel out of the lion's den but He didn't. He let those problems happen and everyone of these persons were drawn closer to God as a result.
Since God intends to make us like Jesus,He will take us through the same experiences Jesus went through.That includes loneliness,temptation,stress,critisms,rejection and many other problems. The Holy Bible says,Jesus learned Obedience through suffering.Why would God exempt us from whwt He allowed His own Son to experience?
James 1:2-4 says "Dear brothers is your life full of difficulties and temptations ? Then be happy,for when the way is rough ,your patience has a chance to grow.So let it grow and don't try to squirm out of your problems.For when your patience is finally in full bloom ,then you will be ready for anything, strong in character,full and complete ".
Remember we are created to become like Christ . He wants to make us like Himself before he takes us to Heaven .
To be like Jesus is our goal
Though it doesn't happen fast
We trust the spirit as our Guide
Till we are glorified at last.
TO GOD BE THE GLORY !!!
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