To Know the Fellowship of His Sufferings

7 But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. 8 Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; 10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, 11 if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. ~Philippians 3

To know the fellowship of his sufferings… I’ve been meditating on this one phrase, and this is the question I’m returning to day after day; do I desire to be a part of that fellowship?Am I willing to take the fellowship of his suffering along with the fellowship of his banquet table. Like Job asking his wife, am I willing to accept His good without also accepting his suffering?

Am I so grafted in with Christ that I share in both, or do I try to pick and choose when I fellowship with Christ?


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