Philippians 2:12-13 NIV 2011
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, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purposes.
Paul opened chapter two describing Christ’s humility and challenged the faithful to respond by humbly living lives like Christ. Remaining faithful included obedience not just while Paul was present but when absent. God’s gracious gift of salvation given moves lives to trek toward sanctification. 1 Corinthians 15:10, “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect.” All believers have a purpose. Ephesians 1:5, “he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ in accordance with his pleasure and will.” The power of God at work in believers fulfills His good purposes.
Our last question in Romans study this year is this: “How will you give glory to God for all He has done in history and in your own personal life this year?” Upon reflection, I’ve seen God at work in my life over and over through the years. From salvation to today, He remains with me. I’ve been blessed with a few Paul’s in my life encouraging me to serve Him leading me to daily work for His good purposes.
How is God’s power at work in you?
Working together powerfully,