I love Sam Storms. This is from his excellent book Pleasures Evermore:
Some of you are offended that God is exposing you to slander and suffering and reproach and weakness. You are offended at God. You don’t want to be an earthen vessel. “Why do the children of the King have to live and minister in weakness and rejection and shame? Isn’t it our spiritual birthright to be led in God’s triumphal procession, exposed to the ridicule and abuse of the world. Those are the people through whom God is dispersing the sweet fragrance of the knowledge of Christ. It is our spiritual birthright to “die daily” (1 Corinthians 15:31)! It is our spiritual birthright to daily carry about in our bodies the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus might ever be seen! All this because God is zealously jealous for His glory and our love. (302)
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