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, Philippians 2:12 NIV
Training was tough. The sports season was long and the team worked hard to prepare. The first few days of practice always left each member of the team feeling sore. They would have to work through the pain. They would have to increase their endurance until their muscles and lungs could handle the strenuous physical activity. Once the games started, the team continued working out on a regular basis. Setbacks and injuries were common. But with strict discipline and more than a lot of hard work, they would be ready. Are we? How are our training and our efforts preparing us in our relationship with the Lord? Do we know?
Athletes must work out. It grades upwards from the most casual to the most serious training. Someone who exercises to try to stay in shape may not be able to compete with the world champions or Olympic Athletes. Our walk with God is the same. We can just dabble at, or play with a relationship with Christ. Or we can take where we stand with God seriously. Praise the Lord, there are still some who will make it vital to get to know the Savior. Is that us? Will we be the ones who work out our salvation through Jesus even if we must do it through sweat, tears, fear or trembling today?
Give us such a burning desire to be with You that we never rest. Train us to daily work out our walk with You, we pray!