What are they Teaching? What are you Learning?-Derek Wadsworth

 Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.
(Jude 1:3 ESV)

As I sit and reflect on my total being I question: ” Do I love Jesus Christ with all of my heart, soul, mind and strength?”  What does that even mean? Is it a balance of good choices vs bad choices?

Did I choose God or did God choose me?  How can the groups I journey with know for sure….Both have Bible verses and paradigms they filter through.

Philippians tells us “to work our salvation out with fear and trembling.”  I do know it’s NOT about works but we do play a responsive part.

The sense in which we are to work out our salvation in fear and trembling is
twofold.

First, the Greek verb rendered “work out” means “to continually work to
bring something to completion or fruition.” We do this by actively pursuing
obedience in the process of sanctification, which Paul explains further in the
next chapter of Philippians. He describes himself as “straining” and “pressing
on” toward the goal of Christlikeness (Philippians
3:13-14
).

The “trembling” he experiences seems to be an attitude Christians are to
have in pursuing this goal—a healthy fear of offending God through disobedience
and an awe and respect for His majesty and holiness. “Trembling” can also refer
to a shaking due to weakness, but this is a weakness of higher purpose, one
which brings us to a state of dependency on God.

Obedience and submission to the
God we revere and respect is our “reasonable service” (Romans 12:1-2) and brings great joy. Psalm
2:11
sums it up perfectly: “Serve the LORD with fear and rejoice with
trembling.” We work out our salvation by going to the very source of our
salvation—the Word of God—wherein we renew our hearts and minds (Romans 12:1-2), coming
into His presence with a spirit of reverence and awe.

I am no closer to any answers but I will press on toward Jesus Christ my Lord!

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