Work Out Your Salvation [Philippians 2:12 Devotional]

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How to Work Out Your Salvation [Philippians 2:12 Daily Devotional]

“Therefore, 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

Philippians 2:12

Paul, the author of this letter, is encouraging his church in Philippi to persevere. He emphasizes their willingness to obey in both his presence and absence and then asks them to continue doing so. Why should we? So we can continue to work out our salvation. It’s through that obedience that we grow in our faith and our relationship with God is refined.

How to Work Out Your Salvation

Paul mentions the application for this verse in the verse itself. You must obey what Jesus has told you to do. While I believe you have a unique calling from God that only you’d know, I also believe we all have a shared purpose we must obey. That purpose is explained by Jesus as, “love God with everything you have, and love one another.” When we do these two things, we’re fulfilling God’s purpose for our lives.

Loving God means serving his church. Get involved with a local church; it won’t be perfect, but nothing ever is. You’ll never find a church that you like everything about, but you can find one that you see as a valuable use of your time. Find that church and go all in. Start giving your time, money, and resources because that local church is going to be the best way for you to pool resources together to serve your community.

Loving one another means serving one another. Just as Jesus served his followers, we must put our lives on the line for our brothers and sisters in Christ. I’m not asking you to lay your life out on a cross for the sins of others, that’s already been done. However, I am asking you to suffer a bit of inconvenience for the sake of the people around you. Serve in local outreaches, host a small group, join a serve team at your church, and pray for others. Those are just a few examples of how you can serve one another.


Jesus, thank you for your sacrifice. Through that sacrifice, I’m now able to live the full life you’ve called me to. Help me to work out my salvation through loving you and loving others. It’s in your name I pray, amen.

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