balancing faith: passive and active

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, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.

Philippians 2:12-13

Yesterday I attempted to speak on God’s peace, or God’s work to bring wellness and wholeness into our illness and brokenness. In this post I want to emphasize that while we have all we need from God in Christ, we need to get after it and take hold of it for ourselves. For those of us “in Christ” that means we are not just passive, but we must become active. We do so according to the whole counsel of God. We pray, we push forward, we seek to live as God’s children, as servants, and soldiers in the spiritual battle we’re in. For those outside of Christ, that means receiving the good news in Jesus that all of our sins were laid on him on the cross. And that as we believe, we receive forgiveness of sins, and new life through Christ’s resurrection from the dead.

It’s so important to keep the balance we find in Scripture. Some of us may need an emphasis of “letting go and letting God.” Others of us need to quit waiting and hoping, and take the action required to make our salvation real in life, to see needed spiritual victory. We need both. Which is why we need to remain in Scripture, because both are there throughout, in and out, just as our experiences and needs vary. God will help us. The receiving and doing in and through Jesus.

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