12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now 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 do for His good pleasure.
14 Do all things without complaining and disputing, 15 that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16 holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.
17 Yes, and if I am being poured out as a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. 18 For the same reason you also be glad and rejoice with me. Philippians 2:12-18
We live in a world that is filled with darkness and wickedness. Many chase after the desires of the sinful nature. As God’s sons and daughters we are called to be a light in this dark world. As we grow in Him and abide in Him, it is the Holy Spirit who transforms us from the inside out. We are called to grow in maturity as we walk with Christ each day. He holds our lives in His hands. There is nothing that we lack in Him. As we seek Him He will give us strength and wisdom for all things.
We are called to walk in obedience to the leading of the Holy Spirit. It is impossible to walk in obedience in our own strength and power. We can only walk in obedience as we abide in Him daily. It is the Holy Spirit alone who empowers us for everything we will face. It is the Holy Spirit who empowers us to overcome temptation.
We are called to do all things without complaining or disputing. When our hearts are set upon the Lord and our eyes are fixed upon Him, our hearts will be filled with thanksgiving. We will walk in unity with our fellow brothers and sisters. We fail to do this when our eyes are taken off the Lord and we fail to abide in Him.
We must hold fast to God’s word. We are confronted on a daily basis with the lies of the enemy. The time we dedicate to the study of God’s word is vital for our growth and relationship with the Lord. As we diligently study God’s word it will guard our hearts from the deceptions of the enemy.
The apostle Paul understood what it meant to be a living sacrifice. He gave his life on a daily basis for the gospel. He laid it all down for the sake of the cross. He was a man obsessed with Jesus Christ. The love of Christ consumed his life and his one desire was to glorify the name of Jesus in all things. May we have the same passion and desire the apostle Paul had. May we simply love the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength.