They who have confidence in the work of God are willing to venture something for its advancement, and their spiritual prosperity will be in proportion to their works of faith. God's word is our standard. Jesus' life of self-denial and purity was known to all. Yet His life was one of persecution and insult. Need His faithful followers think they will have a different experience? 'And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.' Matt. 10:38.