Good Morning! Today’s devotional meditation is taken from Philippians 2:12, which says,
“Wherefore, my beloved, as ye 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.”
A blessing of salvation is the fact that we are no longer held under sins dominion. God has given us a role in our sanctification. God did the first part by justifying us that is, declaring us righteous before Him. Now in the sanctifying process, we are to continually “work out” of us, that which is now on the inside of us, that is our new manhood from our new birth. We have the responsibility to continually strive for obedience. And, because we still possess unredeemed flesh (Rom 7:24), we are to be motivated to live obedient lives because of the consequences of sin.
Knowing that we serve a holy and righteous God, as faithful believers, we will always live with a healthy reverential fear and trembling in the presence of God. Fear and trembling is our awareness of our spiritual weakness and the power of temptation. The fear of chastisement is always healthy in motivating one to be obedient to our Lord. So to each of us, keep “pressing toward the mark of the high calling” (Phil 3:14).