Working your Salvation.
Wherefore, 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. For it is God that worketh in you, both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Philippians 2:12-13 (KJV)
When your body is out of shape, isn’t it up to you to work your own body back in shape? Nobody works it out for you, right? You have to put in the work. Well, in the same sense, the Bible tells you to work out your own salvation. Nobody can do it for you. You cannot depend on local ministers, your family or friends to do it for you. It is your salvation. You have to work on it yourself, nobody but you.
You work out your own salvation by working God’s word into your life, and by personalizing and making His word real to you. When you do this, God can complete His plans for you, and then you will see success in your life. Not a small amount of success every now and again, but the everyday success that God has for you. You have to build that relationship with Christ so your salvation can be secured.
Now, God is not asking you to work it out all by yourself, this is why we have the Holy Spirit to help us. But God is, all the while, effectively at work in you, energizing and creating in you the power and desire to do His will. So, while you are working it out, you are giving God control to do His will in your life. The Holy Spirit will help guide you in everything. There is no excuse at all for you to not work out your own salvation when God is the source of your strength. Yes, of course problems may come against you, which is normal but if you allow them to keep you from working out your salvation, then those same problems will stop you from doing what God has called you to do. God didn’t say to work out your own salvation as long as no one talks about you, bothers you, or hurts you. He said to work it out every day in spite of your trials and tribulations.
Psalm 37:39 (KJV)
39 But the salvation of the righteous is of the Lord: he is their strength in the time of trouble.
If you need help working out your salvation, go to God. He’s the only One who can help you. Give God every area of your life. Surrender all to him! Don’t pick and choose what God can handle! He can handle all your problems. Do it God’s way, staying in his word, building that relationship with Christ and you will have victory every time. Remember he is going to hold you accountable for your walk with him so make sure your salvation is secure.
1 Thessalonians 5:9 (KJV)
9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
Scripture References: Hebrews 2:1-3; 13:20-21