Paul urges the Christ-followers in Philippi to “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling”. This is not saying that salvation is obtained through work. Paul’s repeated affirmation for salvation by grace through faith is beyond question. Instead, this is a blunt injunction to “grow up and live as an adult Christian”. This is the point at which Paul tells those who follow Jesus that they are to get on with being Christ-like of their own accord, without needing a supervisor. Cultivate the capacity “both to will and to work for God’s good pleasure…without murmuring and arguing”.
For Thought:“The gospel is absurd and the life of Jesus is meaningless unless we believe that He lived, died, and rose again with but one purpose in mind: to make brand-new creation. Not to make people with better morals but to create a community of prophets and professional lovers, men and women who would surrender to the mystery of the fire of the Spirit that burns within, who would live in ever greater fidelity to the omnipresent Word of God, who would enter into the center of it all, the very heart and mystery of Christ, into the center of the flame that consumes, purifies, and sets everything aglow with peace, joy, boldness, and extravagant, furious love. This, my friend, is what it really means to be a Christian.”
― Brennan Manning, The Furious Longing of God
33 Christian Maturity
The Scripture passage for the day is drawn from Reuben Job and Norman Shawchuck, A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and other Servants, (Nashville, The Upper Room 1983), 207.
This reflection is from my own devotional exercises for the day.