Work Out, Not For

12 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, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.

Philippians 2:12-13

The phrase I want you to focus on today is the interesting one of “continue to work outyour salvation.” I put the emphasis work out because it does not say work for. Also, any thought that we’re the ones responsible for our salvation is removed right after that, as the verse clarifies, “for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” Christ has already provided the means for salvation through His death on a cross. So what does work out mean? It’s been said by several speakers that the Christian life is like a puzzle box. When you receive the box, you’ve already received all the pieces you need to complete it. As you put the pieces together, the puzzle begins to look more like the picture on the box. In the same way, when you’ve received the Holy Spirit, you’ve also received all the potential for the fruits of the spirit (Galatians 5:222-23). But just as fruits take time to grow, these spiritual fruits take time to become evident in our lives. We’re called to bear fruit (John 15:4), which shows that we’re connected to the Vine (Christ), as well as it shows evident that we’re growing to look more like Him. How does your puzzle look today? Do you look more like Christ today than you did last week, last month, or last year? Have you even taken your pieces out of the box?

Work out your salvation today! God bless.


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