Read: Philippians 2:12-13 - “So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.”

Paul wrote this letter to the Philippians for two reasons. First, Paul wanted to thank them for their partnership in the Gospel because the church at Philippi had sent Epaphroditus to minister to Paul while he was under arrest for preaching the Gospel. Second, Paul wanted to encourage the church in their walk with God and their service to Him. Paul tells them here in verse twelve to "work out your own salvation with fear and trembling." This passage has been misunderstood by many who believe it teaches a works-based salvation. This could not be further from the truth of what Paul was teaching.

The term "work out" was a term that was common in the mining industry. The expression was used to describe miners "working out" the mine. The miners understood that every piece of precious metal or stone was worth a lot of money. They did not want to leave any of it behind in the mine. Paul uses this phrase to encourage believers not to miss any blessing of their salvation. Imagine hearing about a person who died destitute, yet he owned a gold mine. What a tragedy it would be for a person to live a life of poverty simply because he or she did not take advantage of the precious resources available! This is what happens in the life of a believer when he does not take advantage of his salvation.

The greatest aspect of salvation is that we have been given a relationship with God. The God who created the heavens and the earth and who upholds all things by His righteous right hand desires to have a relationship with you! When we do not take advantage of the opportunity to spend time with and know God, it is like having a gold mine but not mining that precious metal. We should have a heart that says we do not want to miss any of the Lord's precious and incredible blessings. God has given you something more precious than any gold mine could offer - are you taking advantage of this gift?

Prayer for the Day:

God, I do not take my relationship with You for granted. I am thankful to know You, known by You, and part of Your family! Allow me to see how precious the gift of salvation is. I am thankful for life, hope, and peace in You!