Men At Work

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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.

Ben NelsonSo – there you go.

Ben

9 thoughts on “Men At Work

  1. Heidi Viars

    My native language is not English. When I first came to this country I hardly spoke English, but over time it has become natural to me, to the point I have to work at conversations in my mother tongue. I learned English because I love my husband and wanted to be with him. I did everything to be close and left the familiarity and comfort of my home. It was hard to get to know English and live in a world that sounded so different from the one I was used to. When I came here I was married. Nothing could change that, not even my broken English.
    Maybe it's a little bit like that. My mother tongue, sin and old-self, stand in opposition to my new life. If I want to get to know the new life because I love Jesus, I must work hard at leaving my familiar ways behind. God already has declared me righteous, through the blood of Christ (I am married to Him) but, if I want to continue to grow in Him, I work out my salvation.
    Thanks so much for your thoughts, Ben... I always find such encouragement here 🙂

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  2. Heidi Viars

    Your blog had my husband and I discussing spiritual matters over coffee this morning ... a wonderful way to start the day 🙂 Thanks again for encouraging us work out our salvation, not only in words but also in deeds ... not because that saves us but because we are saved~

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  3. Jackson

    If we love Him, we will keep His commandments...

    Definitely an ongoing journey of putting our faith in action! But still knowing we can't save ourselves through our own self righteousness! Thanks for the encouragement!

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  4. Debbie

    I love that believing is something we engage in everyday. YES! And I was thinking about working out our salvation just this morning. 🙂 Thank you and God bless you!

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