Suffering like Jesus
10 I want to know Christ – yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.
12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining towards what is ahead, 14 I press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenwards in Christ Jesus.
Who likes suffering? Most of us will readily agree that we do not want to suffer. We usually want to get something accomplished without the hard work. The supplement industry is a huge market, preying on the mass of people who want to lose weight by using a pill instead of going to the gym or adjusting their diet. I starting my own training program and it require a lot of discipline and less sleep as I wake up early in the morning to train.
Paul understood that if he wanted to understand Christ, he had to walk as Jesus did. The only way to walk as Jesus did is to go through the similar suffering that Christ had to go through. It’s the 21st century now and should we have to do what Jesus did? Well, the environment is very different in that we don’t have the religious elite trying to trap us and kill us, but we do have to live a life and make decisions that will sometimes go against what the world considers normal. Paul’s goal is to go through all of this suffering so that he can get towards his goal of heaven.