“For unto you it is given on the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on Him, but also to suffer for His sake.” Philippians 1:29
It’s not on our wish list.
But contrary to human thought, it holds the highest of honors.
Enoch and Elijah, who both tasted eternity without seeing death, did not somehow receive a better gift at the hand of God than did John the Baptist.
Fellowship with Christ in His sufferings means fellowship also in His consolation.
...and in the world to come, eternal life.
Of all the gifts that heaven grants
To humans on this earth,
The highest honor God implants—
The weightiest of worth,
Is fellowship with Jesus Christ
To share His suffering,
To taste of what He sacrificed
Yet trust mid anything!