Bending the mind?
Give me understanding that I may live. (Psalm 119:144)
Scan your imagination for a moment, what did you see? Yes, we each think we know the best for us.
Now, allow your mind to run somewhat wild across Paul's counsel to Timothy, measure if you are correct.
Here is a trustworthy saying:
If we died with Him,
we will also live with Him;
if we endure,
we will also reign with Him.
If we disown Him,
He will also disown us. (2 Timothy 2:11-12)
How did you go?
The Last Word:
A man must die to self first and then endure for the Lord, before He can reign with the Lord.