How do you “carry out your own salvation?”
12 Therefore, my loved ones, just as you always obey me, not just when I am present but now even more while I am away, carry out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 13 God is the one who enables you both to want and to actually live out his good purposes. 14 Do everything without grumbling and arguing15 so that you may be blameless and pure, innocent children of God surrounded by people who are crooked and corrupt. Among these people you shine like stars in the world. (CEB)
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Philippians 2:12-15 in Other Words
Once you understand that the God-process is something that happens deep within you and not ‘out there’ … once you give up the expectation that God is a cosmic ‘fixer’ … once you engage God within your being … then you have begun to work out your own salvation.
While it is an awesome task, it is also a fearsome one because it can only be done by trial and error. Mistakes will be made. So, no mumbling and grumbling… stay the course. Press on toward that transformation which allows you to shine with the bright light concomitant with the inner insistence that comes in the name of God. Perhaps.
While world around you will try to quench that light, it will illumine the Commonwealth of God’s Peace and Justice.