Work in Me
Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but 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 work for his good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:12-13 ESV)
My dog is not very well trained. In fact, she is downright stubborn and rebellious.
When she was younger, she was more obedient, but as she gets older, she tends to pick and choose when to obey. She sees my commands as mere suggestions and acts accordingly. Going on walks can be such a chore. There are days when she complies and heels nicely. Then there are other days when she pulls so hard on her leash, it just about kills me to hear her gag and choke rather than submit to me.
And I see myself so often when she does. In my youth, I followed the Lord in childlike trust . . . but as I got older, I too got stubborn and often fight to get my own way.
Scripture tells us that we are to be dead to self and alive in Him. That He is our Master and Lord and we are His servants. Yet . . . more often than not, I pull and struggle rather than letting Him lead and do the work He is trying to do.
We are His and He is ours. He loved us to death! How much more should we trust the One who loves us most?
Lord, forgive us for our narrow vision and selfish hearts. May we learn to yield to your goodness and trust you to work out your good and perfect will in our lives. Amen
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