It’s a sad truth that many churches are full of people who have professed saving faith in Christ, attended and served faithfully for twenty to thirty-plus years, taught Sunday school, and read their Bibles, but have not been transformed at all. They’ve gained experience in doing Christian things but haven’t actually grown as a Christian. They’ve mistaken experience for growth.
“We will be glorified with Him, provided we suffer with Him” (Romans 8:17). In other words, there’s no glory without suffering, but there’s also no suffering without glory.