Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling,13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. (Philippians 2:12-13)
Last night 13 people were saved at Oak Grove’s Vacation Bible School in Cumming, GA. It was a great night to say the least. For me, it was a blessing to enter into the labor of others and see God bring life to the seeds that have been planted and watered by the faithful men and women at Oak Grove. During moments such as these, it is important for the body of Christ to remember that the power of God is in the seed and not the sower. In 1 Corinthian 4:6-8 the Apostle Paul differentiates between the role of man and the role of God by writing, “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor.” The planting of the seed is dependent upon the sower and the resurrection of a seed is dependent upon God. This is an important principle to remember.
Now is the time for each of the 13 that were saved to “work out” the salvation that God has worked in. The Scriptures instruct us to grow in our Christian faith, and if we are going to grow in the Christian faith we must learn to grow together: Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love (Ephesians 4:15-16).
It is the “working out” of salvation that Paul mentions that authenticates the genuineness of the salvation that people claim to possess. The evidence of a changed life isn’t discovered in a one time decision for Christ, but rather in multiple decisions for Christ. It is the fruit of a tree that determines the tree’s type. It is the working out of salvation that determines its genuineness. Now is the time for each of us to work out corporately what God has worked in individually. Praise be to GOD!