– Genesis 1:27
SHARING IN SUFFERINGS
I once gave as part of my sermon the question, “Who would like to share with Christ what He had?” Most raised their hands, but then they might have thought twice about it because God’s Word says we “share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings” so that “through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too” (2nd Cor 1:5). In fact, to be shaped into the likeness of Christ, which should be everyone’s goal, we should know that since we are the children of God, we’re “heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him” (Rom 8:17). We cannot be like Christ until we have suffered like Christ, although not nearly as much as He did.