Therefore, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, so now, not only in my presence but even more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God who is working in you both to will and to work according to his good purpose. (Philippians 2:12-13)
Salvation is not an event but it is a life to be led. The life of salvation requires our ongoing participation with God who is at work within us. This is what Saint Paul means when he calls us to “work out our own salvation.” But note carefully that we do not do this on our own power; we do this in concert with God who is working within us. Here, Saint Paul also reveals the goal of our Salvation, which is that we would learn to both will and work according to God’s purposes.
Heavenly Father, thank you for the salvation you have offered to me in Jesus Christ. Help me to see that my conversion was not an ending point, but the beginning of a new life. Teach me to cooperate with you as you reorient me to your will and purposes. Let your continuing work within me be the source of my assurance.
Life Application: Rest in Assurance of Our Salvation
Although many of us can point to a moment when we were converted, we should never rest in that event alone. Our conversion was simply a starting point. Jesus calls us to enter into a new life, and it is only when we are living that new life that we have the assurance of our salvation. Our assurance grows when we see God working within us on a daily basis. We can rest in that assurance when we are responding to God each and every day.