• Bishop Keith Butler

Power and Suffering

That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death. (Philippians 3:10)

Philippians 3:10 expresses a truth about what our fellowship with God should look like. However, Paul’s description here is one that only mature Christians can handle. Most Christians only want Jesus to bless their lives, make things easier, and cause money to rain down from heaven with little or no effort. They are looking for God to be a means to an end, not a King and Master.

Paul wrote: “I want to know the power of His resurrection.” The power of the resurrection of Christ was through the person of the Holy Spirit. Paul said that he wanted to know the Holy Spirit more. Why? Because the Holy Spirit will show His power openly in the lives of those who want to know Him better.

Paul doesn't end there, though; he continued by stating that he wanted to experience the fellowship of his sufferings. The word fellowship means partnership. In other words, Paul loved God so much that he was willing to partner with Him to accomplish what God wanted on the earth, even unto death.

Paul said, “If they killed Jesus, they can kill me too. If they betrayed Jesus, they can betray me too. If they mocked Jesus, they can mock me too. If they hung Jesus, they can hang me too.” Paul said, “I’m a partner in the Gospel" and was willing to do anything it took to obey God and know Him more fully.

Practical Application – How are you doing in knowing God more? Would you be willing to suffer persecution for His purpose? Ask God, “What can I do to show my partnership with what You are accomplishing on earth?”

1 Corinthians 2:16; Galatians 2:20



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