Who Should Lead?
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 know the importance of obedience and even have touched on how much we can help each other through encouragement to obey, but what more is there to this dance of working out our salvation?
This dance of working out our salvation is a beautiful thing if we remember we are not the lead dancer. While we have important moves to make in this dance we are to remember that we are to follow His lead.
His lead comes in various ways. He has shown us by His life how He expects us to live. He paid the price so we don’t have to and so we should be willing to obey His lead. He also gave us the Holy Spirit as an internal guide. We don’t have to guess at what He requires of us as He has provided an entire book to show us the requirements of His plan.
As we know, our part of the movement is to obey. But this isn’t blind obedience. This obedience isn’t free and easy. In fact, Paul says that we should work out our salvation with fear and trembling. What?! Why fear and trembling?
We don’t like to think about the need of fear and trembling when thinking about God. But if we are going to be in this relationship with Him we must remember who He is. He isn’t some squishy stuffed animal made to make us feel safe in a thunderstorm. He is God Almighty, Creator of every living thing. We breathe because He has put life into us. Our heart does not beat without His telling it to beat.
We are not our own. He has purchased us with His blood. We are His. This is why we must come with a sense of fear and trembling. We have to remember that He doesn’t look lightly at sin. It cost Him His life after all. The steps of working out our sanctification must be with an understanding of who He is. When we have the proper amount of awe and reverence for the Father, we will be able to follow His lead with no question.
Making It Personal
What is your view of who God is? Do you treat who He is flippantly? How does your view of Him show in your level of following His lead in life?
Making It Personal Kids
Who is God? How much power does He have? Does knowing He loves you with that power make you want to obey Him more?
Father, too often we think we have the right to lead in our lives, forgetting that You are God. Help us remember to let You lead, not just once in a while but all the time. In Jesus’ name, amen.