Work hard to show the results of your salvation obey God with deep reverence and fear.
It is important to understand our responsibility and God’s responsibility in the areas of our lives where we battle with sin and then take action.
But there are times when we say “Lord I just can’t do this if you want change then you have to do it” when we haven’t even tried to do our part.
There are times when we have done all we can do, but before we throw all the responsibility on God for change that is needed in our life we need to make sure we have.
What is “our part”?
And how do we take action?
Yours may look different from mine but taking action and doing our part involves obedience to the little things.
The little things that leave the door open for much bigger and more dangerous things
In Philippians 2 we read “work hard to show the results of your salvation obeying God with deep reverence and fear”.
And it is also about choices.
The choice to not get as close to sin without actually sinning but how far away we can stay.
Avoiding and removing the things in our life that would lead us down that dark path.
My devotional provides this insight
” Choices like these take a lot of courage. It’s easier to say, ” I can’t do it,” and ask God to do it all for us, but that is not the way life works. God is waiting for us to take a step to do our part. When we take action, His spirit moves to affirm and courage and guide.
Don’t be misled: As we do our part life doesn’t necessarily become easier. In fact, it often becomes harder at first because we have to take responsibility for the bad choices we’ve made.
But God is with us, cheering us on, and supporting us along the way.*
In the words of Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit we understand our part is inspired by obedience that is prompted by deep reverence, respect, love and awe for God, and fear of not wanting to misuse the precious gifts of grace, mercy and forgiveness.
“For God is working in you giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him.”
*From “Freedom Begins Here” -Devotional Journal
Copyright 2008 Gray Communications
Devotional by Pat Springle