Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him (Phil. 2:12-13).
“Now he cares for you more than ever when he remembers the way all of you obeyed him and welcomed him with such fear and deep respect (2 Cor. 7:15).”
“At the same time, God’s hand was on the people in the land of Judah, giving them all one heart to obey the orders of the king and his officials, who were following the word of the Lord (2 Chron. 30:12).”
Even as I face trials, I am not alone and can choose to please the Lord. Even in the midst of my circumstances, I can make the choice to choose the Lord and follow Him with all my heart. And this is the most important thing. He is the One to please.
I may not meet my own expectations with the limitations of being human. But, the Lord has made it perfectly clear that He will give me whatever I need – to follow and praise Him, my Mighty God!
The Lord has saved me and is working in me! And that is every bit of the assurance I need. Things may not turn out like one would hope, but He is taking care of you and me – equipping us to follow and praise Him.
Through Christ, we can love and please our heavenly Father. Working out our salvation is the acting of our faith in Christ and His rescuing us. This statement is such a big, scary one at times. What does it mean to work out our salvation? How do we do it?
At this moment, I am filled with much joy as I deepen my relationship with Christ and think about all He endured to save me. He was forsaken so that I would not experience such a thing. The Father cannot look upon sin, but He can now look upon me – because salvation came through His obedient Son Jesus.
We are His! I want to turn our attention to our own relationship with Christ. Think about how you came to the faith in Christ. How have you realized that you are a sinner (we all are)? How have you believed Christ wants to save you? And how have you confessed that Jesus is Lord? He wants to meet us exactly where we are, and be our Everything! He is the One reason I get through each trial. He is the One who turned my life around. He is the One who can take all my broken pieces and make me whole. He is holy and so good!
A great added reading to this passage of Scripture is Joshua 24. As we are reminded of everything the Lord has done for His people, His faithfulness, we are met with a statement that will stop us in our tracks: “Choose today who you will serve (verse 15). Will you serve the Lord? Or the ones your ancestors did, which left them in chains instead of freedom in Christ?” Of course, I am paraphrasing. Go back and read Joshua 24:1-28.
Will we choose Christ and reject sin – so we can be with Christ and enjoy the freedom from bondage that He came to give us?
Question of the Day: How have you worked out your salvation with trembling?
Memory Verse: Philippians 2:13