Work Out Your Own Salvation
Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence
only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with
fear and trembling.
Paul, in his letter to the church at Philippi, exhorted the believers to: “work out your own salvation” which means to work to bring something to fulfillment or completion. Working out your own salvation pertains to your faith in Christ and being an obedient child of God. To cleanse yourself from sin and “put off your old self,” and “put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:22-24) . It does not refer to salvation by works for Ephesians 2:8-9 teaches: “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it
is the gift of God: Not
of works, lest any man should boast."
The purpose that God wants to achieve in our lives is Christ-likeness. Being conformed to His image as God works in us and through us. The power of the Holy Spirit gives us strength and wisdom and empowers us to do what God has intended. There are times in our lives when we have a tendency to want to please men and to obey only when those men are watching. We cannot build our lives upon others and what they think or see us do. We need to serve Christ whether or not anyone is around to see what we accomplish.
God has provided us with tools that will help us in this work. His Word has been preserved and entrusted to us for the purpose of teaching, inspiring, encouraging and empowering believers with the truth for His use. We have the right to come before the throne of grace boldly and bring our needs before Him daily (Hebrews 4:16). What more could we ask for in working out our own salvation than His precious Word and the wonderful power of prayer.
Lord, thank You for Your perfect work in us.