Today’s passage: Philippians 2:12-18
- Just as a potter works out a piece of clay into it’s final form, Christians are to pursue the outworking of our salvation toward Christ-likeness (Verse 12). God being the potter (Verse 13).
- We are not working out our salvation to get saved.
- We are working out the salvation we have toward sanctification.
- Verse 15 depicts what we want to be in this world. Light shining in a dark, crooked and twisted world.
- Verse 14 describes what it will look like. If we do all things without grumbling or disputing, we will definitely stick out.
- Verse 16a is the means to our goal. Holding fast to the truth found in the Word of God gives us the knowledge we need to live confidently in the midst of a dark world.
- God has saved us and made us ministers of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:17-21). Seeing other people come to faith and growing in Christ-likeness is one of the greatest joys we can have. Not even persecution could take away that joy.
Questions to consider:
- In what ways are you growing right now? (Praise God for it!) Who has God used to minister to you and help you become more like Christ?
- To whom could you be reaching out with the gospel and/or discipleship? Who are you serving in this way? If you don’t feel like you are equipped or ready, who could you go to for help?
- What lesser joys (With lower risks) tend to capture our hearts? What pleasures in this life might we “miss out” on if we give more of ourselves to kingdom work? Would it be worth it?