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Working out your salvation

Posted by appolus on May 28, 2015

Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. (Php 2:12b)

“Working out,” our salvation, for many is a paradox because of the word “work.” It implies that we have our part to play and of course we do, we must respond to a loving hand that is reaching out to us. The very wellspring of everything that we do flows from our relationship with Jesus. It starts there and it ends there. Everything else is a by-product of that relationship. Make anything else the primary object and we inevitably begin to drift away and become less and less effective for Him until there is only works left which are not infused with life. God created man, but He had to breathe into Him to bring about life. Let everything we do and say be God breathed.

What is for sure is that what is going on internally will eventually manifest itself externally. I say eventually because it is often not readily apparent to others what is going on inside of us. The actor can so often give the impression of life but life is a force and it gives life, it begets life so to speak. The pharisee judges the hearts of men by what he perceives externally, it is not so with the Lord. In the parable of the obedient son in Matt 21 Jesus speaks of two sons, one apparently obedient and the other rebellious. Yet as it plays out we see that the apparently obedient son did not have the heart to do the will of the Father. The disobedient son repents of his disobedience with a contrite heart and does the will of his father. Jesus then tells the pharisees that whores will enter heaven before they ever will. Quite shocking isn’t it?

God loves the honest broken and contrite heart. In the very same chapter Jesus has a need, He is hungry. He sees a fig tree and it obviously gives the impression that there are figs upon it, but upon closer inspection there is no fruit to be found and Jesus curses the fig tree and it withers and dies. Religious men are like waterless clouds. They have promise on the outside but upon closer inspection we find nothing that can give life. They have no true love or joy or peace which comes from the breath of God. The fig tree gave such a good impression, it had the proper appearance but what good is any of that if it has no fruit to give?

God is at work in the hearts of His children. You may not be perfect, in fact you are not, but as a child of the living God He is working in you for His own will and His own good pleasure. What God has begun in you He is faithful to complete it. You will find that your faith is based upon His faithfulness. He is faithful even when you are not. Your faith, your trust is a recognition of all that He has done and will do in your life. God is well pleased with the child that trusts in Him. There is saving faith and there is daily faith and there is faith for the unknown future, but there is also faith in the things that God has done in you already. The old hymn says ” Count your blessings name them one by one, Count your blessing see what God has done, count your blessings name them one by one and it will surprise you what the Lord has done.”

Let us count our blessings this day as we look back on what the Lord has done in us for His will and for His good pleasure. It is His work and He desires our cooperation as we keep our minds stayed on Him. He has created trophies of mercy in you, He has created a new creature that gives witness to the transforming power of the living God. Will you continue to allow Him to do His work in you? Will you ” work out,” your salvation with fear and trembling knowing that God has invested in you for His own purposes and that He has a plan for your life to use you to invest in others what He has invested in you? He has sown into your inner being love and grace and mercy and beauty and holiness and joy and forgiveness. The fruit of this creates seed that causes life and growth in others. Through your brokenness and imperfections pours living waters to a dry and thirsty land. People know that it is Christ in you. May the Lord bless you brothers and sisters.

Click on picture to purchase this latest book from Frank McEleny

Click on picture to purchase this latest book from Frank McEleny

2 Responses to “Working out your salvation”

  1. sharon said

    Good word. If we could say walking instead of working, maybe it would be easier to hear.
    Grace is awesome and if we love our Lord, we will walk in agreement with Him.
    For sure this means hearing His voice, which some have little understanding about.

    • appolus said

      Hearing the voice of the Lord in the depths of our hearts is very important indeed Sharon. We respond to His voice, His sheep know His voice……………………bro Frank

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