There is a tension in the scriptures between the moment of salvation and the ongoing work of salvation in our lives.
I understand that salvation comes at a point in time.
... that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; - Romans 10:9 NASB
But I also hear Paul exhort us:
So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; - Philippians 2:12 NASB
Today I was reading in John 6:
Jesus answered and said to them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent." - John 6:29 NASB
…and it occurred to me that this word “work” means occupation. It gives the import of continuing to do something.
My simple thought for the day is that believing is not a ‘one and done’ but something we engage in every day.
This has plenty of implications for us, and we must resist being drawn into some legalism or works based relationship with the Lord.
But it does tell me that my listening for and hearing my Lord’s voice must be intentional and putting trust in what he tells me must be my daily endeavor. A WALK of faith is daily.
When I was young, my mom used to listen to a radio show from King’s College President, Robert A. Cook. His tag line, which I probably heard him say a thousand times in my life, was
Walk with the King today, and be a blessing.