Philippians 2: 12-13 “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure”
I feel like I am in the process of working out my own salvation, and quite honestly I should be doing it with a little more fear and trembling. I am fortunate to have a community of people in my life who are strong believers, and have grown up in the faith. I grew up going to church, but I never heard the word “salvation” until about 3 years ago. I truly gave my life up to Jesus when it finally hit me that Jesus was the missing puzzle piece in my life all of these years. I believed in God, I prayed to God often, but I did not understand who Jesus was. Now I know that you can’t truly know God until you know His one and only son Jesus Christ. I am working through all of this. It sounds simple, but it really is a lot to take in. So yes, I need to take Paul’s advice and put it into practice by working through my salvation with fear and trembling.
What does this look like? I think it means to grow closer to God every day, and in order to do that you have to trust God. To be saved means to give your life up to Jesus Christ, to have faith in the work that he did on the cross to pay for your sins, and to acknowledge and believe that he defeated death by rising from the grave three days after his death. Through faith in Him we can have an eternal life with God. Wrestling with salvation looks like surrendering to God those areas of your life that you are keeping from Him. I know I can’t be alone in the struggle to want to control certain areas and outcomes in my life. There are parts of me, bigger than I’d like to admit, that I am holding back from God because I am having a hard time fully trusting Him. I think that I can do it myself. The truth is I can’t. And just like Paul reminds us in this verse, “it is God who works in you”, I am simply a vessel for His good work. Will you join me in taking a deeper leap of faith into trusting God with our lives? I’d love the company!