Read The Gospel for Real Life, Turn to the Liberating Power of the Cross...Every Day by Jerry Bridges
“…continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.” Philippians 2:12b-13
This year a famous hockey player came to town. Or at least his picture did. Trevor Linden played for our local Vancouver Canucks for over a dozen years becoming a fan-favorite, team captain, and spokesperson within the player association. You have to look far and wide to find a critic of Mr. Linden.
Based on his stellar reputation of being good to his followers, Trevor recently opened up a chain of gymnasiums in British Columbia—Club 16: Trevor Linden Fitness. (He wore jersey number “16”.) The price per month was fantastic, so I signed up, paid my dues, and now proudly carry a membership card. I’m in!
But membership doesn’t get me in shape. It only empowers me to make use of the resources at the fitness centre—stationary bikes, treadmills, free weights, stepping machines and more.
It’s a bit like St. Paul’s idea of working out our salvation. To be sure, when we believe that Jesus is God’s Son and repent of our sins and lean on God’s saving grace, we enter the fold of salvation. Yet once there God hopes for us to enjoy and exercise his Spirit to gain spiritual muscle and maturity. Our effort, along with God who works in us, will lead to an active salvation, not a flabby one.
Are you actively working out your membership as a child of God? What signs indicate your active engagement in “God’s gym”?
God, it’s easy to coast. And yet you’ve provided resources to soar. Help me exercise your grace in my life that I may mature in you for the benefit of others.
Choose a spiritual discipline this week and enjoy its role in loving God. You might pray, serve others, read Scripture, write in a journal, go for a walk in God’s creation, and the like.