Daily Devotional

June 24th 2024

MONDAY

I 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.—Philippians 3:10, 11 (MSG)

“Where should we place our confidence?” In knowing Jesus better. This is more than simply being redeemed and in the family of God; it refers to a deep, rich, and joyful personal nearness with Him.
Paul expresses a desire to experience the power that raised Him from the dead. This is a reference to all that the resurrection provides—redemption, justification, reconciliation and eternal security.
If we want to get all we can out of our relationship with Christ, it must include sharing in His suffering. If we are to imitate His utter obedience and humility, that must include imitating His suffering.
Previously, Paul reminded the Philippians that their sufferings were a gift of God (Philippians 1:29). In Philippians 2:5-13, he tells them that, just as Christ suffered and was exalted, so they should be humble and obedient because it is God who is at work in them.
In Colossians 1:24, Paul wrote, “My suffering joins with and continues the sufferings of Christ.” Christ’s sufferings produced the Evangel, but what was lacking was the evangelization that would spread the Evangel to the ends of the earth. We are offered an opportunity to participate in Christ’s sufferings, which doesn’t contribute to the Evangel, but to the evangelism of the world.
We must also share in His death. Paul is not suggesting that Christians should toil and suffer so that they can earn their salvation. Rather, he was pointing out that people whose intent it is to avoid pain and trouble are those who are following someone or other than Christ. To be a part of Him, then we must be conformed even to His death.
The consequence of our sharing in these things—Christ’s resurrection, suffering, death—is that it will permit us to share in the grace of rising from the dead—His exaltation. But exaltation is contingent upon suffering, humility and obedience.

Prayer: Lord, as we go today, we submit to Your Lordship, and we express our desire to know You better. We express our willingness to emulate You in humility, suffering and obedience to You. And we know that our submission to those things will produce a positive result—spiritual exaltation. In Christ’s name, we pray. AMEN!

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