August 22, 2017

Co-heirs with Christ: From Suffering to Glory

There’s a lot of suffering in this world, which I’m sure is no news to you. Job uncertainties, scary doctor visits, financial woes, prolonged waiting, personal loss, estranged loved ones, physical suffering, life-changing injuries, political upheaval, religious persecution…

Heartache, betrayal, loss, physical pain, emotional agony, and uncertainty all make their way into our lives at sometime or another. And often more than once. Sometimes, multiple types of suffering at the same time.

Do you ever wonder why you have to face those things?
Do you remember who you are in Christ,
and wonder what you did to deserve such suffering?

After all, as children of God we are also co-heirs with Christ. That means we are heirs to the vast, innumerable spiritual riches of heaven. We are marked by God for special privileges. We will even reign with Christ in glory someday! We will share in the glorious power of His resurrection–in body and soul!

But consider what else we inherit:

The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,
and if children, then heirs— heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ,
provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.
Romans 8:16-17

Before the glory, comes suffering.
Before the victory, comes death.

And that’s the painful truth for us, isn’t it? In order to reign with Christ, we first have to suffer with Him. In order to fully know the power of His resurrection, we first must know the fellowship of His death.

Did you catch that? The fellowship of His death. We are supposed to share the painful agony of His death on Calvary — not just the physical grief, but the spiritual as well. We must become so familiar with His death, not just by knowing facts about it, but by actually living it in our own lives.

We can fellowship in His suffering by:

…courageously obeying Christ, despite impending suffering.
…remembering it’s not all about you!
…maintaining a godly example for others to follow.
…choosing to trust His goodness, despite uncertainty.
…remembering God always provides your every need.
…resting in Him, rather than worrying or stressing.
…remaining thankful, despite great personal loss.
…clinging to His joy, despite grief and anguish.
…being willing to suffer, in order that you might know Him more.
…being willing to suffer, in order to be made more like Him.

We are indeed co-heirs with Christ.

We will truly reign with Him someday, and inherit all the spiritual wealth of heaven. But we also inherit the suffering He faced on earth–hatred from the world, consequences of human sinfulness toward us. We inherit the death that He had to face, before He could be glorified.

 

We cannot reign with Him, until we suffer with Him.
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Question: What other ways can we fellowship in Christ’s suffering? How else can our suffering translate into “dying with Christ”? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

Learn more about your inheritance in Christ!
Read God’s Word with me this week:

Tuesday: 1 Samuel 7-9, Proverbs 25:15-28
Wednesday: 1 Samuel 10-12, Proverbs 26:1-16
Thursday: 1 Samuel 13-15, Proverbs 26:17-28
Friday: 1 Samuel 16-19, Proverbs 27:1-14
Saturday: 1 Samuel 20-22, Proverbs 27:15-27
Sunday: 1 Samuel 23-25, Proverbs 28:1-14
Monday: reflection or catch-up


Comments

  1. Enduring disdain for our faith by friends and family who do not know the Lord is another way we can suffer with Him.

  2. the white wave says:

    We suffer with Christ when we fill abandoned by God and empty in our souls and we have to cry to God and beg Him to fill our souls.

  3. I think oftentimes it is all too easy to become so consumed in our own difficulties, that we forget Galatians 6:2 Bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ. We need to be there for each other and show mercy.
    I enjoyed this post!