Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed–not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence–continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. Philippians 2:12-13 (NIV)
How have I worked for you? That is a question that I am very happy to answer. You came into this world for me. You lived and died for me. You paid for my sins on the cross. You forgave all my sin. You cleansed me of all my unrighteousness. You rescued me from a life without you. You made me able to live in a close and intimate relationship with you. You filled me with your Holy Spirit as both a sign and guarantee of my new life now and forever in you. You have given me a new life to live. You have given me hope and meaning and purpose in life. I have a new direction in life. What is that direction? I will follow you as you lead me through life. I will go where you guide me. I will do all that you ask of me. Yes, you will.
How have I worked in you? That is another question that I am excited to answer. You have changed my heart and transformed my mind. How have I done that? Am I done changing your heart and transforming your mind? No, you are not finished with me yet, not by a long shot. You will continue to change my heart and transform my mind until the day that I come to live forever in heaven with you. Yes, I will. Tell me more about how I have been changing your heart and transforming your mind. You have used your word to change my heart and transform my mind. Your word has given me your thoughts to think and feelings to feel. Your word has helped me to both know and do your will. How so? As I have let your word dwell in me richly my old thoughts and ways have been replaced with your thoughts and ways. Now, it is my delight to know and do your will because I love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. Yes, you do.
How have I worked through you? This question also gives me great joy to be able to answer. Why is that? It is astounding to know, that you, the God of the universe, want to work through me. I am humbled. I am in awe. I am at your service. Use me whenever, wherever and however you desire. Nothing would please me more than to be used by you. Use me in small ways. Use me in large ways. Use me in any way. It will be enough for me to know that I have been used by you. I want to bear fruit for your kingdom. I want to bring glory to your name. Yes, you will.
Lord, thank you for rescuing me from a life without you. You are my Savior and Lord. I love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. I will follow you where you lead me. I will do all that you ask of me. Help me to live out my life of salvation in you. Amen
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