“FOR HE WORKETH”
“For it is God that worketh in…”
“Wherefore, my beloved, as ye 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. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure”
This is the Good News. Our “…working out” is always preceded by His “working in”. To live under the “Law” of the New Testament without the inspiration of His Life is far more discouraging and impossible than to try and live up to the “Law” given in the Old Testament! It is a covenant of Grace and Faith so that the end of it might be sure unto all that believe (obey). The inspiration of His Life within in us should be a place of wonder and adventure…for it will always take us from strength to strength, faith to faith, and glory to glory. It is a journey not a destination. For if God is infinite so must our relationship be one that is eternal and ever unfolding in greater depths and heights. Our lives here are simply a revelation of that in terms of growth and development. Have we reached a plateau where we feel “comfortable” in our walk? Have we become stagnated by a vision that has not produced change and growth? Have our circles of fellowship grown small and our concept of the “Body” become diminutive and inert? The Good News is “For it is God that worketh…” If He is at work, there is a gnawing within our hearts for something greater and deeper. It is the cry for us to “Come Higher” to see things as they actually are not as we “perceive” them. It is a call to “work out” because He is working in our hearts. The testimony of the faith of David versus the “life” of Saul is a revelation of what we are walking in today….
“So David went on his way, and Saul returned to his place”
I Samuel 26:25
Are we on our way (journey) or do we simply find ourselves returning to our “place”? Have we moved on in His in workings in our life? The life of faith is characterized by stepping into new places; it is a dying to the former things and stretching forth unto new places of unknown and unexplored areas of His Life. The waters that stand between Egypt and the Wilderness and the Wilderness and the Promised Land must be crossed. They are not to be discussed and debated; but crossed. Desire must give way to “doing”. Knowledge must give way to “becoming”. It is one thing to hear sermons on sacrifice and another to “become” a living sacrifice. Knowledge in itself is not substance. Rather it is to cause us to rise up and walk in that which we see; to become that which we have heard.