We have learned that prior to us living the kind of fulness of the Christian life that Christ intended, there is the prerequisite of cross-bearing that needs to happen. Although this is a largely unpopular thing. It is necessary if we will see our lives used to the maximum for Christ.
It is true that our life in Christ comes with the gift of salvation. We need not earn any merit with Christ to be saved. However, the Christian life does come with a cost. Cross bearing entails costs that must be paid. We see the parts of cross-bearing that will cost us.
Sermon starts at 25:00