We have 'selective' spiritual hearing,
we tend to tune out that which we think won't ultimately help us.
We're all ears on messages about God blessing us,
or giving us an 'abundant' life --
but when it comes to sacrifice and surrendering...
we do the 'hands covering our ears, la la la' thing!
The Bible says we are to have 'fellowship in His sufferings'.
So if we REALLY want to 'know' Him...
we're gonna have to experience or go through a few things.
(Maybe we don't want to REALLY know Him after all.)
We 'say' we want to be like Him,
Then are we willing to go through some of the same sufferings He endured?
Colossians 1:24 says Paul rejoiced in his sufferings. (He didn't just white knuckle his way through.)
"I gave up all that inferior stuff so I could know Christ personally, experience His resurrection power, be a 'partner' in His suffering, and go all the way with Him to death itself."
Christianity is a 'participation' sport,
not lived fully on the sidelines.
Are you in the game or just a spectator?