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Day Five: The One at Work in Us

Friday, December 14th, 2012

Philippians 2:12-18

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.

14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky 16 as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain. 17 But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you.18 So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.

Reflection:

Brothers and sisters, God is at work in us!  As we have seen in the last four transmission passages, He is more than willing to rescue those who turn to Him, to change them from the inside out, to make them His worshipers.  This is His saving work in us, on our behalf.

Paul urges us to respond to this reality of God’s work appropriately.  We are called to work out our salvation - with fear and trembling.  This is the same trembling at God’s word that God says He looks on with favor in Isaiah 62:1-2, that we received together on Sunday.

For the Philippians, Paul includes what some of that working out of their salvation is - obedience and a change of life attitude that means turning away from grumbling and arguing.  In the context of what the Philippian church was going through, this is actually part of Paul’s calling them to greater unity in purpose and love for one another.

Response:

Let’s thank God that He is the One who is at work in us.  Let’s ask Him to empower us with His Spirit, that we may know His work in us even more and that we may work out with Him what He is doing in our lives.  Let’s ask God that we will be those who tremble correctly in His presence and at the sound of His voice through His word.  Let’s pray for our fellowships, our church, and our churches, that He will empower us to shine in our generation as we hold firmly to this word that brings us life.

Day Four: True and Genuine

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

Day Three: The Broken and Contrite

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Day Two: Eternal Hope

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Day One: Favored Ones

Monday, December 10th, 2012