Here’s a portion of my sermon, “Work Out Your Own Salvation” from Philippians 2:12-13.

Paul doesn’t give us a three-step process for sanctification (there are very few, if any, of those in Scripture). Rather, he describes a heart disposition that characterizes “working out your own salvation.”

At the end of verse 12, he says to “work out your salvation with fear and trembling,” meaning, “You do not have what it takes, so be very, very, very aware of that it is all grace.”

  • If you wake up and have the desire to read the Bible, tremble, because God did that, not you.
  • If you go home happy to see your husband or wife after a long day of work and you are not a grumpy mess, tremble, because God did that, not you.
  • If you do not lash out at that classmate who has harassed you time and time again, but instead pray for them, tremble, because God did that, not you.
  • If you resist the temptation to look at someone in a way you should not look at them, tremble, because God did that, not you
  • If you delight when a friend succeeds, rather than succumb to jealously, tremble, because God did that, not you.
  • If you spontaneously offer to give something away that is precious to you, tremble, because God did that, not you.
  • If you joyfully sing to the Lord this morning, tremble, because God did that, not you.

It should make us tremble that even though we are Christians, we have no power on our own to do good. That makes God’s power and grace all the more astonishing.

Listen to the whole thing.

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