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17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
There is a price for being identified with Jesus. Along with great treasures, Paul mentions the suffering that Christians must face. In many parts of the world today, Christians face pressures just as severe as those faced by Christ’s first followers. Even in countries where Christianity is tolerated or encouraged, Christians must not become complacent. To live as Jesus did – serving others, giving up one’s own rights, resisting pressures to conform to the world – always exacts a price. Nothing we suffer, however, can compare to the great price that Jesus paid to save us.