Allow the Cross to be your life without rationalization because of a revelation of Christ to your mind. Do not form your own plans, but progress in the revelation presented by God to the Corporate Body. Christ wants to be all in all, through all, for all times. His plan may include sickness, incompatibility, difficult financial situations, or challenges that are not normal. Behind it all is a purpose, designed for us to grow, in humility that lets Christ be all. Many people usurp their desires above the plan and project their wishes towards God, hoping that God will agree. All is instituted for one reason: that we might win Christ. At the end of every situation, the questions are not how did I escape, or who benefited most? The question is this: did I win Christ? The question is not even whether we are successful, though that usually is God’s will. Beyond success, God might want us to be crucified on a Cross and judged when we are innocent, so that we may win Christ.
Winning Christ is not attaining a certain goal. It is being quickened together with Christ in every step so that as we run the race, we are keeping pace in life through the power of Christ. The end of every human situation is eternal substance gained in the Lord. In the end, we will lose all, except that which we have gained through the life of our Substitute.
What is won? The maturity of a life revealed through the Word and the Spirit, and magnified through the personal Lordship of Christ.