The Message (MSG)
10-11I gave up all that inferior stuff so I could know Christ personally, experience his resurrection power, be a partner in his suffering, and go all the way with him to death itself. If there was any way to get in on the resurrection from the dead, I wanted to do it.
We all seem to understand that suffering is a part of life. Christ had to do it, so who are we to think that we will not have some suffering to go through. Too many times however, this is the only part of this scripture that we identify with. We all go through things. I myself have had some health issues lately and it truthfully really bothered me that I had to go through them. I went through a little of depression with it b/c I got stuck with the whole “why” was God allowing this to happen, it is right before Easter.. !! Ha, like God doesn’t know about how busy we are at Easter. I finally realized that having issues is just a part of life, everything is not going to be perfect all of the time.. but HIS LOVE HAS NEVER FAILED ME, why did I think it was now.
You see the other part of that scripture is about experiencing His resurrection power. It is not about never facing challenges, it is about realizing that the same power that raised Christ from the dead lives in His children. So, God delivered me from the depression that tried to creep in and from my health issues! The enemy would love for you only to identify with suffering and to start asking “why”. Quit worrying with the why and start identifying yourself as a child of the King with resurrection power!!!!