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Philippians Favorites – 2:12, 13

I-40 between Nashville and Memphis Tennessee 2013

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12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” Philippians 2:12, 13

Paul could not be everywhere at the same time. He knew the Philippians would be on their own. Some say the Philippian jailer became the pastor. Nevertheless, regardless, what Paul imparted would have to suffice. He did write this letter to them, encouraging, and teaching them. However, they would have to work out their salvation.

They had the basics. Theories are nice but we need to work them out on the real road of life. We need to take it seriously. Yes, we are living in grace but grace works out into practical areas of our life. We need to renew our minds. We need to walk in the Word. We can’t take God’s grace for granted. We must work out our salvation—see the manifestation of our salvation in every area of our lives.

We aren’t alone in the work. God wants to work out our salvation in us. It’s His pleasure to work His will through us and in us. This doesn’t mean He is working in us without our permission. He works with is. We aren’t robots He controls. We are His children, and we are joint heirs with Christ.

God wants to work in us His will or desire for our life. He has a purpose and a plan for each of us. We need Him to work that out in us. Moreover, He takes pleasure in doing so. He loves us regardless of our cooperation. Yet our lives will be so much more successful in both purpose and productivity when we are allowing His will be our will.