Jesus gives us some basic requirements to be His disciples: deny yourself, take up your cross daily, and follow Him.
One of the ways God forms us to be disciples of Jesus is by trials. We shouldn’t be surprised when trials come our way. Every trial in our lives has a purpose, yet we often try to run away from or escape our trials in one way or another.
The parable of the oysters: a pearl starts out as an irritation due to a piece of sand or pebble getting caught in the flesh of the oyster.
Whether a trial is going to produce good fruit in our lives or not depends on our attitude and how we respond to that trial.
3 things to do to make sure trials produce good fruit in our lives:
- Thank God for them.
- Persevere through them.
- Offer them up. Unite your sufferings with Jesus. Don’t let your them go to waste.
- Luke 9:23
- 1 Peter 4:12-13
- Ephesians 5:20