We continue to put ourselves down as less than Christ. Thus, we avoid
the full honour as well as the full pain of the
Christian life. But the Spirit that guided Jesus guides us. Paul says:
"The Spirit himself joins with our spirit to bear witness that we are
children of God. And if we are children, then we are heirs, heirs of God and
joint-heirs with Christ" (Romans 8:16-17).
When we start living according to this truth, our lives will be radically
transformed. We will not only come to know the full freedom of the children of
God but also the full rejection of the world. It is understandable that we
hesitate to claim the honor so as to avoid the pain. But, provided we are
willing to share in Christ's suffering, we also will share in his glory (see
.....fullhonour as well as the full pain of
the Christian life."