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)
My Good Purpose
I have a plan relating to your life, do you know what my plan is? Not exactly, no not really, I’m not sure what your plan is. I think that we both have a very similar plan relating to your life. I’m not sure how that could be possible since I don’t know what your plan is for my life. Let me hear what your plan is for your life? My plan for my life is to allow you to do in and through me whatever you have in mind. I want to humbly submit myself to you so I can know and do your will. I want to allow you to mold and shape my life so that I become the person that you have planned that I will become. I want to end up doing all the good works that you have planned for me to do. Think about what you have just said. You have basically said you want to know and do my will. That’s your plan? Yes, it is. Well, it is my plan that you will know and do my will. We don’t have similar plans. We have the exact same plans. Yes, it seems that we do have the same plans. That’s good.
How do you feel knowing that you and I both have the same plans for your life? I feel very good about that. Why is that? I have great confidence that you will help me to fulfill your plans for my life. Yes, I will. I feel far less confident that I will be faithful to do all that you have planned for me to do in life. So, it is very encouraging to know that you and I both want the same thing. Why is that? I know that you will help me to know and do your will even when I am weak, weary, worn out and even tempted to give up. You will be my strength when I might become discouraged or even depressed. How do you know that? You have encouraged and strengthened me every step of the way so far. Yes, I have. I have always been able to rely on you. Yes, you have.
You mentioned being weak, weary, worn out, discouraged and even depressed. Yes, I did. Will the road ahead be easy? I doubt it. Will what I call you to require discipline, diligence and hard work? I’m sure that it will. Will you need to come to rely on me more and more as you walk with me? Yes, I will. Will you welcome or run away from the challenges that are ahead of you? With your help I will welcome any and every challenge that is before me. Why is that? I know that you want to take me deeper with you. I know that you want to do more work in me. I know that you want to mold and shape my life even more than you have already. You want to continue to do your complete work of salvation in me until the day I meet with you in heaven. Yes, I do. I want that too. We have the same goal and the same plan. Yes, we do. That is very good.
Father, thank you for working in my life according to your good purpose. You have given me a passionate desire to love, follow and serve you. I want to go and do what you ask of me. I want to live a life that is pleasing to you. I welcome your work in my life. Amen
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