Tuesday, January 01, 2013
Happy New Years
12 So then, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence, but now even more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 13 For it is God who is working in you, enabling you both to desire and to work out His good purpose. (HCSB)
A few things caught my attention:
Work out your own salvation - I am called to work out my salvation, not worry about what somebody else is/is not doing. Not a new revelation, but a good reminder. Was it John Wesley who said something along the lines, "I have too much to work on with me to have time to judge others"? Still trying to find this exact quote, but it came to mind when I read this today.
With fear and trembling - Working out my own salvation is not putting my trust or pride in "my" good works. I humbly follow Christ considering what an awesome privilege it is to be in relationship with the God of the universe.
Enabling you both to desire... - The Holy can and does not only change my heart, but He also changes my desires so that I desire to be less like me and more like Christ. How awesome is that!
Enabling you...to work out His good purpose - Again, working out my own salvation is not about being a "good person" or earning points with God for being "good". Working out my salvation is about becoming more Christ-like and living a Christ-centered life so that I can fulfill God's purpose in my life. My life is all about God and bringing Him glory. It is not about me.
Lots of good stuff there. Thinking this may end up as a message one day after I have time to study it out more.
Posted by Rob at 11:38 PM