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How’s Your Salvation Workin’ Out For Ya?

Posted on: November 29, 2011

In the book of Philippians, the apostle Paul tells the people to “work out their salvation.”

“Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling”  Philippians 2:12 (NKJV)

What does he mean by this?  First of all, he is NOT saying we have to work for our salvation.  Too many people today believe that we have to work toward our salvation. Salvation is a gift and cannot be earned.   Our salvation can only come by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. 

Paul is telling us to live a godly life because of our salvation.  In other words, to work at our salvation.  It’s an action thing.  Yes, if we are saved we will go to heaven.  But for some that’s all they want out of being saved.   That’s not what God wants though.  As a Christian, we are suppose to do what is pleasing to God.  We are to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord,

“…so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.”  Colossians 1:10 (ESV)

We are to work out our salvation by:

— renewal and repentance, making a break with sin.

— making sure our hope is grounded in Christ, not on our own efforts.

— using all the ways God has given us to grow in our walk.  Such as reading our Bible, praying, serving, worshiping, giving and fasting.

— applying Christ-like behaviors, such as love, kindness, patience, compassion, faithfulness, generosity, endurance and using encouraging, kind words (change how we speak).

— changing how we allow the world to influence us, guarding our hearts.  For example–adjusting our friendships, places we go, things we watch and listen to and how we use our time.

This may sound like a lot of work but God gives us a certain amount of faith and grace each day.  He gives us this so we can start each day anew and to accomplish all these things for His glory.  If we have a bad day, don’t fret.  There is tomorrow and we start fresh in God’s sight.  God gives us the desire to obey Him and the power to do what pleases Him  (Phil 2:13). 

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7 Responses to "How’s Your Salvation Workin’ Out For Ya?"

a well written post. A good follow up to this might be something along the following:

Since you listed 5 bullet points of things that we are to do to work out our salvation, what if we don’t do them? What if we don’t work out our salvation?

Thank you so much and what a great idea for another post. God Bless you!

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Really lovely post, I enjoyed reading it. Think it is what I needed today.

Beautifully said! God Bless You!

Thank you! I was just reading your site and enjoying your photography. Blessings to you too!

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A little about me........my name is Michele and I am a born-again Christian. I was saved as a teenager and graduated from a Christian high school. I am a mother of one son who is the world to me. Despite my upbringing, later in life I fell into a life of self destruction which led me down many dark paths. I am a recovering addict and alcoholic and I have a great passion for Christ and His amazing power to heal even the worst cases. I am living proof of the miracle of God's power to change your life and way of thinking. Nothing is impossible with God.

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