Paul describes the role of the Gospel in oneâ€™s life to expose sin and wrong thinking. We are to come into the light and allow the Gospel to show us our imperfections and redeem how we define our own lives. The redeeming power of the Gospel reveals to us that we are now bondservants to Jesus. Our lives are common pots of clay, and itâ€™s through the acceptance of this lowly position that the greatness of God is revealed. God shows who He is through those who are willing to be nothing. The challenges, trials and difficulties that we face are a reminder of how fragile we are, and God uses them to loosen our grip on this world. God is trying to reshape and redeem our lives and our mindset about our lives. God calls us to a death to self so that life may be formed. When we have this mindset, we do not lose heart in the trials because we know that God is working life in those around us through those trials. There is a real life purpose to those things that God challenges us to give up and surrender. My blessing and prosperity are not the highest aims. We can be confident of greater realitiesâ€”that from death comes lifeâ€”life in others now, and eternal life for ourselves. Death becomes a gateway for Christians to a greater life. We can have full assurance that if we die with Christ, we shall also be raised with Him. This realization takes the pressure off of ourselves and what we think our lives should be, and it gives our lives purpose. We donâ€™t have to be held back from the pressure of fulfilling earthly ambitions, but this comes at the cost of us laying down our lives, including those ambitions. We have hope in the things that are to come, that are far more exceeding and eternal.