Devotional | The Work Out
"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 purpose." (Philippians 2:12-13 NIV)
What are you working for?
There is a big difference between “working for” and “working out” one's salvation. When I try to work for my salvation, I ﬁnd that I’m constantly insecure and aware of how ﬂawed my works are. Instead of walking in reverence towards God, I feel shame and fear about how I fall short. Days when I feel anxious are usually days that I am trying to do things myself. But when you “work out” your salvation your goal is to become healthy and strong in the Lord, producing strong faith and supernatural actions. What does it look like to “work out” salvation? Getting into God’s presence and reminding my soul and my body of the goodness of God. I dive into the Word and ﬁll my soul with the truth about Jesus, about who He is, what He has done and what He continues to do. The result is the strengthening of my faith, perseverance, positivity and healthier relationships. My behaviour changes naturally as my heart begins to reap the beneﬁts of a healthy spiritual workout.
Try it for a week! Write down who Jesus is and how great God is. Begin to confess it over yourself every morning and watch as God’s good purpose is fulﬁlled in your life!