When we give our hearts to Jesus the next step is to surrender our lives to God and His ultimate purposes for us - the actual reasons He created us for. THIS is what His will and purpose for your life is and God is at work in and around you to make that happen. Sometimes that includes pain and suffering- it did for Jesus and it does for us. We need to be refined so that we can reflect the love and grace of God more easily and clearly back to Him and to others. We need to learn discipline to be disciples. We need to stand in faith and wait on the Lord to walk by faith.
“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” James 1:2-4 NLT