Verse 12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling,
We all know about the buddy system. It is something that we learn about early in life and can aid us all through life. If we allow it to.
It is so easy to think we can go it alone. We like to try to do things all by ourselves beginning when we are still young. As a toddler we start telling the adults, “me do” and we don’t give in to help until later in life. Sometimes much later in life. But a wise person knows that there are benefits to accepting help and giving help.
We have likely all heard the phrase, “many hands make light work.” This is meant to be a reminder to all of us that it is good to accept help and to offer it too. Working together to reach the same goal gets both people to the goal, each having carried part of the load. This is one of the lessons that group projects at school are meant to help us learn. Unfortunately too often one person ends up doing most of the work and end up resenting the other members.
In the family of believers we have an opportunity to help each other gain deeper obedience to Christ by helping each other. When we all encourage each other to better obedience, it helps the whole body of believers because we can learn to hold each other accountable.
By holding each other accountable we don’t mean bashing each other about sin in our lives. This isn’t even about making sure we point out every sin in the other person’s life. But on the other hand it means being open to hearing what others point out in our lives. If they are willing to come to us and share with us a concern they have about how we are living, we must humbly listen and pray about if it is something that has taken root in our lives.
By encouraging each other to obedience we can find one of the steps in the dance of working out our salvation. Not that we have no responsibility of our own, we do have to choose obedience even when we are alone.
Making It Personal
How comfortable are you with the spiritual buddy system? Do you feel comfortable in talking to others about sin? Do you desire others to talk to you about your sin?
Making It Personal Kids
Why is the buddy system important? Do you have buddies that help you learn to obey Jesus better? Do you help them learn to obey Jesus better?
Father, thank You for giving us others to help us grow more obedient to You. Help us learn to be humble and learn from what they point out in our lives. In Jesus’ name, amen.