Part two: Working out, working in…
You are the light of the world, a city set on a hill cannot be hidden. These are the words of Jesus. We are light. We are meant to glow (think soft candle light, not glaring spotlight) everywhere we go. We are meant to just be, and by being, we dispel darkness. But in actual practice, what does this look like.
Well I will tell you one thing, it doesn’t look like certain churches who spew “god hates fags” or “repent or burn”. God’s light is peaceable, gently, and willing to yield. God’s light is hope for the world, not condemnation for the world. Now that we know what God’s light doesn’t look like, how do we discover what God’s light is supposed to look like?
We found out in part one that God’s light is the proper understanding of God and His Word. And that as we begin to understand God rightly, our whole being becomes full of light and we shine. Paul say “12 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, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” (Phil2)
Paul reveals a great secret though most men have twisted this and caused much damage and fear in the body of Christ. Paul says “keep going! Keep reverencing God. It is God who has worked inside your heart the desire and willingness, as well as the ability to live His ways. You just do outwardly what God has already done inwardly, and do it with respect of God and honor His body!”
So to work out our salvation, is to demonstrate through our actions and words, exactly who God is and what He has done inside our lives. Of course in order to do this we must first know Who God is, but we discussed that last time remember?
Being the light in this dark world is so easy when we know who Jesus is. When I think of someone filled with light and being light. I think of someone filled with joy and peace; someone who doesn’t have it all together all the time, and by no means there life is perfect, but they shine. It is fully possible to live this way.
Working out your salvation, being the light and being a city on a hill is not a difficult thing. It’s not laborious or hard. In fact if you are laboring hard to display this life then you have missed the whole point, and you need to go back to square one and ask Jesus Who He is.
Be encouraged today. The more you spend time with Jesus, the more your life is healed, and darkness is dispelled, and you shine inwardly. The more you shine inwardly, the more you shine outwardly. The more you shine outwardly, the more kings will be drawn to the brightness of your rising! You will be working it out without even knowing it! ( This is the way I wish exercise was haha)
It all starts with Jesus. It all is because of Jesus. It all is through Jesus. And it’s all about Jesus. Lastly it all ends with Jesus being glorified. If it’s about you your effort or your repentance, or your ability, then go back to square one.
Be the light today.