To really know what it all means to be a Christian, or a disciple of Christ, we must study the word of God to more fully know the Lord Jesus, and His life.
We have sinned, and deserve to spend eternity in hell for the just punishment. Because of His great love for us; Jesus, not only became man, but became sin on Calvary. II Corinthians 5:21 “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” Jesus is holy and sinless, and hates all sin; yet He became sin, as all our sins were laid upon Him on Calvary, to save us from our sins with a complete deliverance and free pardon from them. If we would meditate on this amazing act of grace, and realize, the Lord Jesus really served us in His grace, by going to the cross.
What does it mean to be a Christian?
What about willing to be used of the Lord to be a servant, for the benefit of others?
II Corinthians 1:2-4 “Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”
He is gracious and the Father of all mercies. This means all grace and mercy comes our way from Him. We also read that He is the God of all comfort.
And He comforts us in all our tribulation; affliction , trouble , anguish, burdens.
This is the word of God and the promise from God.
Oh that you and I would notice, and not shun the next phrase of vs. 4 “Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”
Here is something to learn about being Christ-like; about being willing to be used of God, to be a service to the needs of others, especially in the area of comforting them.
If we are going through trials, tribulations, bad times, times when we know we are going to need the comfort of the Lord, we would be normal to ask: Lord, why am I going through this? If we’d allow the text to teach us, the Lord may well be allowing, and/or bringing these afflictions in our lives, so He can comfort us, with a comfort and help we would never receive had we not had these troubles; and then to use us in the near or distant future to be the human agency the Lord uses to comfort someone else going through something very similar.