I have found in getting to know people who walked close with the Lord, they had a very high appreciation for times of fellowship with the Lord. They gained from these times of intimacy what nothing else could teach them. No amount of education, book reading, listening to sermons or conversations with others can come close to what fellowship with the Lord provides.
Paul wrote about a certain “fellowship” that is not what we normally think of; “that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and may share His sufferings, becoming like Him in his death” (Philippians 3:10). To better understand what Paul pursued in this statement, he is referring to “fellowship that results from close association” and knowing what that person suffered.
Paul no doubt entered into the sufferings of Jesus by what he went through in his own life (see 2 Corinthians 11:16-32). As he writes those words, “that I may know Him…and may share His sufferings,” Paul was in prison, yet this did not concern him. He wanted to know more of Jesus and the best way to do that was learning more of His resurrection power and what Christ suffered.
This was the way of becoming more like Christ; “becoming like Him in his death.” If you wanted to become more like Christ, would you choose suffering? I am afraid that most of us choose an easy path and the results show the path we chose.
We will only be as effective as the lessons we choose to learn and the fellowship we experience.
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