If you’re familiar with this scripture you’ll notice that, conspicuous by their absence, are the twin thoughts about ‘sharing His sufferings’ and ‘being like Him in His death’! Totally focused on the beauty of Yahshua, I had yet to learn how this was connected to His suffering. I had to learn that to become truly like Him would mean being drawn into a life involving suffering and obedience, into a place where Yahweh had the right to put demands on me beyond those He seemed to make of others.
I had to learn that He would not allow me to do, see, be involved in things that others did freely. I was held to account even for unspoken thoughts and feelings; demands were made of me beyond what seemed to be generally expected. How puzzling this was! Until one day I understood that I was ‘allowed’ to do some things that were denied to others, and the same gracious Master that was working with me was also working in them, and the most important thing for all of us is to be obedient to His Voice within.
Becoming like Yahshua involves the need to die to myself, and I have had to learn to deal directly with Him; it is His right to tie my tongue, chain my hands, close my eyes or deal with me in any way that He sees will fit me for His eternal purpose. It is my choice to yield to that right.
For just as each of us has one body with many members...