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)
I will start at the beginning. What beginning? The beginning of my salvation. The start of my faith in you. Why is that important? I don’t want there to be any confusion. I don’t want there to be any misunderstanding. I want to keep the truth in the forefront of my mind. I want to hold the truth firmly in my heart. What is the truth? You secured my salvation for me. Your death on the cross paid for my sins. You have forgiven me of my sin and cleansed me of my unrighteousness. I cannot possibly earn or merit your salvation. Your salvation has come to me as a gift. You rescued me from a life without you. You helped me to turn away from my sin so I could begin to love and follow and serve you. You have restored my soul. You are now leading me on the path of righteousness. You have adopted me in your family. I am your child. You have filled me with your spirit. I am now living out, or working out, the new life of salvation you have given me to live. Yes, you are. I must never think that I have done, am doing, or could do anything to earn or merit your salvation. That is true.
But now it is time for me to keep on living out or working out my life of salvation. You have places for me to go. You have things for me to do. Yes, I do. So, what will living out or working out your salvation look like? How will you live out or work out your life of salvation? I will live in an intimate relationship with you. I will draw near to you. You will draw near to me. Yes, I will. I will meet with you in your word. I will meet with you in worship. I will meet with you in prayer. I will meet with you in service. I will live my life in a constant dialogue with you. I will live to do what is good and right and pleasing to you. You will help me to know and do your will. Yes, I will. You will mold and shape my life as I continue to live out and work out the life of salvation you have given me to live with and for you. That will be very good. Yes, it will.
Lord, it is the desire of my heart to both know and do what is pleasing to you. Do your work in me. Help me to exercise my faith. Give me the strength to know and do your will. I will work out my life of salvation as I continue to love and follow and serve you. Amen
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