Tuesday 15 August, 2017

Philippians 2:12-18

12 My dear friends, you have always obeyed God. You obeyed while I was with you. And you have obeyed even more while I am not with you. So continue to work out your own salvation. Do it with fear and trembling. 13 God is working in you. He wants your plans and your acts to fulfill his good purpose. 14 Do everything without complaining or arguing. 15 Then you will be pure and without blame. You will be children of God without fault among sinful and evil people. Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky. 16 You will shine as you hold on tight to the word of life. Then I will be able to boast about you on the day Christ returns. I can be happy that I didn’t run or work for nothing. 17 But my life might even be poured out like a drink offering on your sacrifices. I’m talking about the way you serve because you believe. Even so, I am glad. I am joyful with all of you. 18 So you too should be glad and joyful with me.

Paul is encouraging the Philippian believers to live lives that reflect
their salvation through Christ. Paul cannot be with the Philippian church
all the time but he is keen for them to continue to live in the same manner.
It’s a shout out to integrity really! He is asking them to live lives beyond
reproach ie. “Live clean, innocent lives as children of God.”  Quite the
challenge!

Given our human nature it’s nigh impossible in fact it is impossible to
continually live a clean, innocent life.  This is where verse fifteen comes
to our rescue, “For God is working in you, giving you the desire and power
to do what pleases him.”
Phew! God is working in us even to the point of
moulding our desires and not only that but empowering us to fulfil his will.
This is an amazing promise and one worth remembering.

Dear God, thank you for not leaving us to battle through in our own
strength.  Thank you for working in us and empowering us to life lives that
reflect our faith in Jesus. Please continue working in me and moulding my
desires in line with your purpose.  Amen.

 

Written by Ps. Ainslie Woods

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