I wonder if the refining fire of suffering for Christ might be an essential part of the sanctification process that the American church is largely missing out on.
Maybe, as we live like Jesus and suffer for his name, we’ll feel a deeper connection to the other parts of the body of Christ.
We’re all part of the same body, connected together through our shared faith, to encourage each other as we journey through this difficult thing called life.
You, with your specific gifting and life experience, are valuable to the Body of Christ. It’s so tempting to look at the gifts of others and become envious of what they have or have been afforded. But that’s the wrong perspective, but an easy trap to fall into. Instead of being jealous of another person, what if we devoted that energy toward practicing and honing the gift that God has given us?