What’s it Going to Take?
Philippians 3:10 “I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection…”
Daily coming to know Christ deeper and know the power behind His death and resurrection; that is what a wise woman will focus on. The first part of this verse is so very appealing. “I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection…”
I want to be a wise woman. I want to reflect Christ. I want to be free, victorious, and holy.
Paul tells me the price.
“…and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.”
There is the catch…and it is huge!
The price I have to pay to know Him and His power is, to experience this depth of knowing; I have to share in His sufferings, becoming like Him in death.
Sharing His Sufferings – sharing His hurt over those who are poor, broken, unwise and without direction. Allowing that pain to really impact me to the point where I act.
Becoming like Him in death – the death of me. My wants, my desires, my foolishness. Death to my attitudes, my mouth, my comfort and ease.
Here, in my own death and suffering of my flesh, I will experience knowing Christ and the power He offers to us all.
Lord, only You can take me to this place where I would never willingly go alone. Please do in me, in my heart, what you need to do so I can experience knowing You. And help me to say “yes” and make wise choices each step of the way.
“Sharing His Sufferings – sharing His hurt over those who are poor, broken, unwise and without direction. Allowing that pain to really impact me to the point where I act.”
This is so true! I need to remember that God weighs stuff on my heart so I can act upon it!
This makes so much sense to me!
God bless you!
Thanks for picking apart this verse for me, Lynn. I especially relate to your prayer at the end – “where I would never willingly go alone.” It’s so hard for me to give control of my actions to God. And, when I don’t, it makes me feel even more guilty. I need to pray this prayer daily…sometimes every minute…and accept that I am “sharing in his sufferings.”