Daily Devotion Thursday, September 12

Thursday, September 12, 2013 – Psalm 53; 1 Kings 18:1-19; Philippians 2:12-30 and Matthew 2:13-23

Philippians 2:12-30 – 12Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed me, not only in my presence, but much more now in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 13for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

What I hear in this passage is keep on, keeping on. They are doing good work, keep it up. Keep on, keeping on. The phrase “work out your own salvation” used to bother me because my salvation, your salvation, is a gift from God given through faith. So what could be meant by “work out your own salvation”? I believe it is meant to remind us to live out and live within this gift given unto us. The Message paraphrase of this passage helped me.

12-13 What I’m getting at, friends, is that you should simply keep on doing what you’ve done from the beginning. When I was living among you, you lived in responsive obedience. Now that I’m separated from you, keep it up. Better yet, redouble your efforts. Be energetic in your life of salvation, reverent and sensitive before God. That energy is God’s energy, an energy deep within you, God himself willing and working at what will give him the most pleasure. (The Message)

When I received my Master of Divinity Degree, I was given a true gift. The gift of an education which, yes, I’d worked hard for but yet a real gift. Upon receiving that gift it was time to put it to work. The degree would mean nothing, if I didn’t put it to work in seeking to serve and glorify God by helping others grow in faith.

Today, sense the gift God has offered and given you – salvation. How will you work out your own salvation this day? Sense God’s energy that is within you. Sense the gifts God has given unto you. Let us be energetic in our life of salvation. May we open ourselves fully to God working in and through us the miracle of His grace, peace and love.

O God, thanks be to you for the gift of salvation. Thanks be to you for all the gifts you have given unto me. Today, may I seek really work out my salvation by enjoying you and seeking to serve you through all I think, say and do. Amen.

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