“I’m kinda worried about your salvation….and stuff…” Nacho Libre

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Phillipians 2:12-16

12Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.

14Do everything without complaining or arguing, 15so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe 16as you hold out[a] the word of life—in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing.

I never quite understood the whole ‘work out your salvation’ thing. See I was under the assumption that it was all worked out, I mean God sent Christ, Christ did the thing on the cross, and all was left – was for me to say yes to his call to come be made whole. With that I thought it ended…..    boy was I wrong.

I grew up with a lot of doctrinal confusion and talks of grace and forgiveness, repentance and recompense, alot. So for this post, I’m going to title it

JUST STOP!

WARNING: Holy Spirit Supervision Needed! Offense may occur, so you may need to take a moment with the comforter to work out what to take from this.

I’ve been in church all my life, volunteered in one for seven years, and I’ve seen alot. I’ve seen people get saved, set free, set on fire, and lived for God wholeheartedly. I’ve view a major of people grow up in church, get tired of church, go out and try some stuff, come back, get on fire. But the folks that truely break my heart, the folks that identify with are the folks who know the truth, for the most part live the truth, and get hung up with those ‘oh so familar’ sins, habits, people, and expect grace to cover it all.

I say that freely and without judgement because I’m one of those people. I know the truth, I speak the truth, I somewhat live the truth, but there are some areas that I become a habitual offender in my sin. Be it not tithing, be it viewing pornography, immoral relationships, drug and alchohol abuse, cursing, we all have our thing, even down to pushing God off the throne and assuming His position. But this post is about those of us who know better…

My quest is to grow up…

To become a mature christian, to be one God can count on, one He can trust, one He can use because I’ve chosen to allow Him to work on me and rid me of me.

So when do I ( so I don’t offend  you, of course its only me) stop abusing grace, grow up, work out my salvation with fear and trembling enough that I stay away from those silly sins?

Work out my salvation fear and tembling……

Let me rephrase that, approach your salvation with reverential honor.

Not to be one to pressure you with fear, but how would your walk be if God was glued to yourside 24/7…. How would you look at the guy or girl knowing God knows not just the seen, but He see’s and judges with His word the thoughts and intents of the heart… what would you do then?

Phillipians 2:12-14

What I’m getting at, friends, is that you should simply keep on doing what you’ve done from the beginning. When I was living among you, you lived in responsive obedience. Now that I’m separated from you, keep it up. Better yet, redouble your efforts. Be energetic in your life of salvation, reverent and sensitive before God. That energy is God’s energy, an energy deep within you, God himself willing and working at what will give him the most pleasure.

Not to cheapen the Christian experience, but lets think of it as a job. I’m a hard worker, some would even go as far to say a workaholic. I keep my phone on 24/7, answering business calls even on the weekend, working on average till midnight each night on my separate little projects… I work. The truth of the matter is most times I’m playing ‘catch-up’ because ‘THE BOSS’ wasn’t looking over my shoulder I wasn’t running 100% so I leaked my work into after hours. After hour work is shotty at best. I’m tired, I’m pushing myself to a limit, and I’m costing the company more money, more resources.

So why do I do that?

Its easy, I’m a procrastinator by nature. I tend to borderline having a rebellious behavior, prone to fit throwing, so basically I’m peter.

God has been taking me through a process  of being broken before Him enough to let it go, let who I am go, and my stuff go and submit.

Submission isn’t easy, I naturally fight because of fear of being controlled, don’t we all.

But God isn’t here to control us…I’m learning that.

There are things we play with that are poison. Poison to our destiny, poison to our families, poison. Sometimes its a quick killin, other times its a slow one. Pushing us to edges we should know about.

When we’re told to work out our salvation with fear and trembling essentially its saying know God, reverence Him, put away those things that aren’t of Him. We we don’t, we get caught up in things… things that aren’t so good.

So again, I’m kinda worried about your salvation….and stuff…

I’m not saying your gonna lose it, God knows there’s enough theological debates on that one, I’m saying you will lose the fruit of it, and if we lose that what will we bring to the king……

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