Spiritual Prizebox: "For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for him" Phil 1:29. Is this verse saying that believing and suffering are on two opposite ends of our enjoyment spectrum? I was talking with a friend about looking for evidences for my faith and this dear friend asked me why I was looking for evidences for things I already had choosen to believe. This question bothered me throughout the day and when I addressed it, this text came to mind. It has been granted to us to believe, it is a privilage to believe, to hope. We should not think that our faith impresses God, that He should lower his prizebox of blessings for us because we believe. Jesus lived a sinless life so he could die in our place, that is not from the prizebox. We forget that faith in Jesus saves us, not just the fact that we have faith."For all of us have become like one who is unclean, And all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment; And all of us wither like a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, take us away."Isa 64:6. I am not saying that blessings don't result from doing the best we can, I'm saying we shouldn't make a spiritual forecast based on how things are going. We cannot control God with our 'mighty' faith, and spiritual things don't work the same as earthly things. When we are good here on earth, usually it pays off. But our heavenly payoff for faith in Jesus is in heaven.