Last week the Lord Jesus spoke to my heart and said:
When I suffered on the cross, my pain was not my main focus. My experience of pain was real, but I did not keep the pain in front of me.
At the time, I was in pain physically and after a few months or years of pain anyone can tell you that there comes a point where the pain is ALL you think about. Without meaning to, I became discontented, complaining, and focused on the pain.
A few days ago the Lord Jesus added one more insight when He said:
When I suffered on the cross, I focused on the PERSON, not the pain. I focused on my Father, and kept the pain secondary.
What a revelation for me! The Lord Jesus gave me insight on how I can share in His sufferings. I am not really talking about bodily pain or sickness as much as I am the overall journey of coming to know Jesus–not just what he suffered or why he suffered but how he suffered.
Do I know Him? Do I really know HOW He suffered? Am I fellowshipping with Jesus there? Do I see the pain (physical or otherwise) in front of me or do I see the PERSON of the Father before me today?
Join me in fixing our eyes on our Father in heaven and focusing on His glory, His power, His strength, and His purpose. We can trust the Father for we know that He loves us utterly!
That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead (Philippians 3:10,11).