“I want to know
the power of his resurrection
and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.”
Philippians 3:10 (NIV)
“. . . power of his resurrection . . .” Christianity is the only religion in the world that claims a risen Savior. Our beliefs stem from
resurrected and risen from the grave. This basis of our Christianity influences
those who come to the cross. We serve a risen Savior.
“. . . fellowship of sharing in his sufferings. . . ” As we get to know
our personal Savior, we begin to see things with His eyes. Our perspective
changes from a ‘me’ outlook to more circumspect outlook. We learn to think in
terms of how we model Christ to those around us.
“. . . becoming like him in his death”
Jesus displayed obedience to the Father-at Gethsemane, before Pilate, and
by going to the cross. In becoming like Jesus
we learn to develop and exhibit compassion for those who hurt, patience for
those who struggle to find their way, and model obedience to God.
We can only display godly attributes as we learn of His ways. As we grow closer to God we will become more like Him in our lives.