Are we any different?
Do we say we want to be close to the Lord?
Do we pray that we would be transformed into the Lord’s image?
Do we long for answers to prayer?
Do we ask the Lord to use us in the lives of others?
Do we share our spiritual desires to be like the Lord with others?
Do we shrivel up when suffering comes our way in physical, financial, emotional and spiritual ways?
We are honest, we are sincere, we are full of spiritual desire, but sometimes we can be as blind as the family recorded in the book of Matthew.
We don’t really understand what we are asking. The greatest work in the Christian’s life isn’t the pedestal they are put on for their spiritual gifts and accomplishments. This “sitting on the right hand of the Lord” can hinder the Christian life, it isn’t what changes a Christian.
All of these spiritual desires are only accomplished in the same manner they were accomplished in the Lord Jesus – through suffering.
The Lord assured these brothers their wish would actually be granted, in His way, not theirs.
We, too, will drink of that cup, the cup of suffering.
Suffering will draw us closer to the Lord.
Suffering will transform us into the glorious image of the Suffering Savior.
Suffering will bring about answers to prayer.
Suffering will help us to minister to others who suffer.
Yes, drink up.
Because if we want to be glorified with Him, we must suffer with Him.