Here I am again, opening Your Word, my source to true life. Help me today to plug into this source of power and feel rejuvenating strength beyond belief. I need Your sustaining power to maintain me in this craziness. I need Your truth to transform me daily. Today, bring new growth, new light, and new love. Amen.
12 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, 13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
The Philippians have lived a life of consistent obedience (as much as we’ve been told). Of course they stumble and make mistakes but their life has been mostly defined by them listening to Paul’s instruction and applying it. They have been obedient even in Paul’s absence which is honorable and one of the highest respects paid to a teacher. The Philippians show us a good picture of integrity. This is what the christian character should be: hearing the Word and applying it even when no one is watching. As we read God’s truth if we apply it in the moments when no one else is watching us we can highly honor our God. Outward righteous acts for the sake of others viewing us well is worthless. God does not call us to be obedient for the sake of our own legacy, but to lift Him up and show our compassion and respect for Him!
Paul continues saying “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” He refers back to the verses prior to this: Christ’s name is above all and one day every knee shall bow to Him. We must keep this in mind, one day we will stand before Him and be held accountable for every single idle word or deed we partake in. In that we are to work out our salvation (in this setting it refers to SANCTIFICATION). It is important to realize, or remember if you already knew, that the word save or salvation means a few different things in Scripture: Justification (getting saved), Sanctification (process of being conformed to Christs Image), Glorification (final transformation when life is over), and at times it refers to bodily death (like when Peter asks Christ to save him when he was sinking in the water). Here we are instructed to be aware that we will definitely answer for our actions and our obedience. The same way that these Philippians were being evaluated by Paul we will be evaluated. They were having their obedience while the teacher was gone evaluated and we too will experience this.
We are challenged to daily evaluate how we are obeying God, and being aware that though He isn’t here in body currently He will be some day. It may be sooner than later, therefore we must work out our salvation (sanctification) daily, trembling not because of fear that our salvation will be spontaneously stripped from us but because our God is going to hold us accountable for our actions. Our salvation (justification) was a free gift but our rewards in eternity, our response from the father will not be consistent across the board. There will be some who will, as Scripture says, enter into eternity as a builder who escaped through fire smelling of the flames. Making it, but barely. We should be sure to evaluate our lives, our day to day walk, so as to TRULY be told “well done good and faithful servant.” Not being one of those given a treasure and going out to bury it. Instead we should take the treasure God has given us (justification) and share it, invest it, grow it, so that our master is proud of us in the end. This is how we work out our salvation (sanctification) daily.
God help me to not burry the treasure You have given me. Help me to not hide my justification out of fear. Rather, motivate me to share it in all circumstances. Telling everyone I can about You and Your certain Word so that they too can be saved. Keep me focused on what matters. Amen.
Tell someone today, tell someone about the treasure you have. During these times when we cannot leave our homes it is even easier to share the Gospel: post it on Facebook. You can DAILY look for a post to share on Facebook to remind others that you follow Christ (I give you one every day here). Make this a practice, make sure people know if they are looking for the truth they can find it in you. Do not hide your light for one day you will be standing in front of your Lord and He will remind you of these words. He will remind you of the stories within Scripture that spur you to share His Word. Do not forsake these commands. Share your treasure.