"....continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling." NIV
"....work out your own salvation with fear and trembling." KJV
Do we really understand salvation? It is a free gift God puts inside of us who believe Christ died for our sin. Now it is time for us to work out what God has put into us. Would we buy a new car, let it sit, just looking at it, admiring it, and being happy we have a new car? No! We would drive the car to the places we go. We would fill the tank with gas, change the oil, and check the tires. We would keep the car clean and polished. We would work the usefulness out of having bought a car. Likewise, we work out our salvation by using it. We read the Word, we pray, we spend time in communion with the Lord, we praise Him and rejoice in all He has done, we help others when they are in need, and we share the good news of the Gospel to those who need to hear it.
Heavenly Father, we ask that You would give us discernment and understanding about our salvation. Help us to work it out in the ways You have intended for us to do. Help us to never let our salvation stagnate and become useless. We pray in Jesus' name, Amen.
Bobbi Craigmyle, Psy.D., BCPCC