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Archive for December 23rd, 2007

With Fear and Trembling

Have we mass marketed the Bible? Have we packaged certain verses in such a way that we now believe we have such a total grasp on them they no longer have the power they were intended to have? I think that we have! What I mean by “marketing the bible” is that we have thrown around certain verses in the church with such frequency that they have lost their potency to some extent. Philippians 2:12 says “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 (NIV).” That verse has been tossed around a lot in the past to such an extent we have let it lose its power in each of our lives.

While Jesus has redeemed those who are His there remains an expectation that each of us individually will strive for an excellent Christian life. That one verse calls out to us to roll up our sleeves for a lifestyle that can be demanding at times. This verse is one that all of us need to meditate on and ponder more frequently. When taken seriously it forces me to look within to see where my inner life needs attention and beckons me to do something about it.  We need to make sure in each of our lives that we are not taking the word and tossing it around like another cute slogan that eventually loses its power. “With fear and trembling” can be powerful words if we truly absorb them and let the Spirit of God search our hearts and minds to see what we are lacking in our journey with God. I want to be a person who is always working it out. What do you want?

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