Except a seed is placed in the ground, it cannot produce fruit. Christ, the Firstfruit of Eternal Life, calls us to come and die, die to self, the world, and sin, taking up His cross and share in His suffering.
Dear Gregory, brother in Christ, may my heart be ever willing to enter into the fellowship of His suffering, to be conformed to His Image, my pride become ashes, and praise rise to Him as gold. Bless you as your words do encourage the heart on this journey toward Him. Beholding Him wil be our reward