The sower went out to sow His seeds (Luke 8:5 )
“Therefore, 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 who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain. Yes, and if I am being poured out as a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. For the same reason you also be glad and rejoice with me.”
Is it God who works or is it us? Indeed all good things come from above, but why then are we instructed to ‘workout’ our own salvation? Because he gave us free will, His works will not be forced upon us; it is up to us to seek Him and all that He offers (transformation within us). He wants to deluge us with all the heavenly riches he has in store for us but only when we surrender ourselves to him, chasing his holiness.
What does this synergy practically look like in your life?
Your heart yearns to deliver our lowly beings. You offer us Your very own touch, which does the works we all seek the results of. And I, my Master and Gardner of my soul, will seek out Your ways; I will come to know You that I may be counted among Your people, who live out Your will and keep their hearts with You. Amen.
Posted on Wed, November 12, 2014
by Coptic Treasures