12 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, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.
Here in these verses we see again the tension between “our part” and “God’s part”. We are told that we need to work out our salvation, which is our part; then before we can take a breath we are told it is God who is at work. Together, God and me, we are working to fulfill HIS good purpose – declaring and sharing the Gospel, making disciples and building communities of faith called churches (Ps. Dale).
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell us about God and people?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
Pray for those who are in prison.