Daily Word#8: The Protective Purpose Of Pain Part 3: The Image of Christ
Why does God allow such pain in our lives? Can something good come out of that pain?
Every believer should have the goal of becoming more like Christ. We were originally made in the image of God, but when that image was marred in the Garden, God had to remake us into His own image, and when we’re being shaped into the image of Christ, we’re being shaped into the same likeness as the Father is, since Jesus says, “If you have seen Me, you have seen the Father” (John 14:9).
Do you seek to share in the things of Christ? I’m sure you do, but what if it includes suffering, rejection, scorn, job loss, and for some of our brothers and sisters around the world, death? Paul wanted to know Christ so badly that he was willing to enter into the sufferings of Christ, and he certainly did that! I asked for a show of hands one time and asked, “How many want to know Christ better?” Of course, every single hand shot up, so I told them how they can do that. Paul tells us, just “as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too” (1 Cor 1:5). No Christian should be surprised when they experience pain in their life, as “though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed” (1 Pet 4:12b-13). The Apostle Peter seems to be saying that we will rejoice more at Christ’s appearing if we’ve suffered more for Christ, so the more afflictions we have in this life, the greater our rejoicing will be at His appearing. I can see that.