posted Feb 3, 2013, 11:49 AM by Dale Barnes
“Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed--not only n my presence, but now much more in my absence--continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.”  (Phil.2:12-13 NIV)

Clearly, this challenge is not to rigidly keep a set of rules and rituals, for it is God working in you and me to will and to do his purposes. In verses 5 - 13, Jesus is set forth as the perfect example.  He became a man and humbled himself and obeyed. Because he did this, God has exalted him.      

What do we see here? 1.This is a serious thing. It counts for eternity. 2. We also see humility and obedience. 3. There is faith.  He trusted God and put his whole life into doing God’s will. As Christ has shown the way, we are to follow and work out God’s plan for our lives.

God has a foreordained purpose for each of us. Let’s trust him who loved us and gave himself for us. Then we can humble ourselves; put ourselves in God’s hands, and let him lead us step by step in his will.  The end will be a life that counts for something now; and also later; praise, honor and glory when the Lord Jesus returns.  

Fear and trembling?”  Standing in awe of God and what he wants, and then following!  A self-centered life will end in great disappointment, but as we consider this great God of the Bible; his love for us, and his calling on our lives, let’s be serious and look at the lasting value of a committed life to Christ. Trust and follow the one who sets before us the better way.