Work It Out
As a Christ-follower, do you every size-up yourself with the thought
I should have progressed beyond this point by now.?
I expressed those sentiments to a friend one day over a struggle, and he suggested that as we grow, sometimes the Christian walk seems to get harder.
Martyn Lloyd-Jones said, “There is such a thing as false peace, there is such a thing as believing delusions. The whole of the New Testament and the history of the Church throughout the centuries bear eloquent testimony to the fact that there is a ‘fight of faith’, and not to have any troubles in your soul is, therefore, far from being a good sign. It is, indeed, a serious sign that there is something radically wrong, and there is a very good reason for saying that. For from the moment we become Christians we become the special objects of the attention of the devil. As he besieged and attacked our Lord, so does he besiege and attack the Lord’s people.”
I have found great relief recently in the passage “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:12-13)
Many days, working out my salvation looks like, in Uncle Lewis’ words, “a dump truck driving through a nitroglycerine plant,” a baby holding its breathe until it lets out that first blood-curdling scream, sitting, staring, wondering what I’m supposed to do next.
Working it out Nonetheless
If you’re here, don’t quit. It may not be comfortable, but it may be right where God wants you.
For (a really big word)
it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
Progressing, growing, working it out — these are not by our own might. We have the power of God working through us in this fight of faith. Stand firm, knowing that all of these things are beneficial and necessary for sanctification.
Nothing is wasted.
What is it looking like for you to work out your salvation with fear and trembling?