Scripture: Philippians 2:12-30
Key verses: (12-13) “Therefore, 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; for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.”
Reflection: Recently, I read these words: “What we believe is revealed in the way we behave . . .” Another way of saying this is “our actions speak louder than words”. We have all heard this saying. Earlier in the second chapter of Paul’s letter to the church in Philippi, he called believers to have the same mind as Jesus Christ and to act like Christ in the world – to show something of the compassion, love and justice of Jesus. There are many ways we can show we belong to Jesus. The question I often ask myself is – are we? One of the chief criticisms of the church community from those outside of it is that we are hypocrites. There is a fair amount of conscious and unconscious hypocrisy in the world and in the church. We don’t always live up to our ideals. Every day we have the opportunity to work out our salvation in awe, hopefully with a full measure of humility. We are God’s witnesses in the world. It is incredible the way God can work through a faithful community of people who respond to God’s call.
This Stewardship season we are focusing on taking hold of the life that really is life. (1 Timothy 6: 19) We are called to remember that God is working in and through us that we might be of earthly use. Our response to God takes many forms. How are you responding to the gift of faith? Do others looking at you see something of Jesus?
Prayer: Gracious God, we give thanks for Jesus who was born in human likeness, humble and obedient to you and a servant to all. Help us to live out our lives in awe as we respond to your grace. May our lives be a generous expression of all that you have done for us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Author: Deborah Conner
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].
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