4th October 2015: Work Out: God is at Work
... work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for God is at work in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. Philippians 2:12-13
We know that nothing we do or do not do can earn us salvation -- it is a free gift from God. Sometimes we almost get the feeling when he hear Christians speak that our spiritual growth is also a gift from God for which we can do nothing.
In these verses Paul shows us that the Christian life is, in fact, a partnership between God and ourselves. We do something -- `work out' says Paul; and God does something -- `God is at work'. This should not be too difficult for us to understand for there are parallels in everyday life. You help your patients by providing them with a cure, but they on their part must co-operate actively. To borrow from Paul, they have to `work out' their healing even as you are `at work' in (surgeons literally!) them.
As William Barclay puts it so wisely: `There can be no salvation without God, but what God offers, man must take. It is never God who withholds salvation; it is always man who deprives himself of it'.
Finally, what about `fear and trembling'? Again, Barclay says: `It is not the fear and trembling which drives us to hide from God, but rather the fear and trembling which drives us to seek God in the certainty that without his help we cannot effectively face life'.
O Lord, never suffer us to think that we can stand by ourselves,
and not need thee.
and not need thee.
A prayer attributed to John Donne
there's too many things
that i dont understand
so it's into Your will
& it's out of my hands
2 days more, i can do this :)
then its back to the daily grind. on the bright side, the calls im doing are with quite nice regs. and 3 calls have passed, so i can no longer technically say im noob. funny that an exam is looming & residency is awaiting and all i can think of is GOD HELP ME SURVIVE ALL MY CALLS. its like nothing else really matters except that all my patients survive the night (plus i can now no longer call my mo....). also im getting better at blood taking and plug setting. few times ive been called by the hos and successfully got in difficult plugs ;p the other day a baby had ga through the foot plug i set (!!) amazed.
its like no matter how you try
perfection is just too far away
so lift them up to Me
all the broken pieces of your life