Sunday, March 1, 2015

Philippians 2:12-15 -- On Being Harmless and Shiny

"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.
Do all things without murmurings and disputings:
That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;"
Philippians 2:12-15

I like this.  There are some cool ideas here.  One of them is that as we work out our own salvation, if we do it with a healthy respect for God, that we are doing his will as well.  And when our wills and God's will are the same, then everything is golden. :)
I also like a lot the idea that one of the things that we can do to set an example to others is to stop complaining and arguing.  I definitely think that is a solid step towards becoming shiny. :)
Today, let's try to do some of these things.  Let's work on our humility, and on not complaining.  Let's work on honoring God as our father and someone who is wiser than we are, and worth listening to.  Let's jump in and work out our salvation with that in mind... let's be harmless and shiny, broadcasting light and not darkness, and seeing and bolstering the good.

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