Surrender to God’s Purposes
Scripture: Philippians 2:13
for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.
A sincere person, who is daily taking time with God in prayer and Bible reading, never needs to worry about being led by God – they will be! Most sincere and authentic Christ followers spend a lot of energy trying to make sure they live out God’s will and purposes. This effort is good. In fact, in Philippians 2:12 the apostle Paul wrote to do that with “fear and trembling.” In other words, Paul was saying: seeking, finding, and doing God’s will are extremely important.
During our daily effort, we also must rest in the fact that God sees our efforts and rewards them. Our scripture for today lets us know that God is at work – even as we are at work on ourselves. His work in us is to create “desire” and “actions” that accomplish His divine purposes. This is the two-step cycle that assures us that we will be led by God: I work with fear and trembling – then He works on desire and actions!
Throughout the Bible we see that God has determined to work through people; He wouldn’t need to, but He chooses to. God has set up the power cycle I’ve been describing. Throughout the scriptures, when people do their sincere best, God steps in and does His best work! This is the reason I can say, with confidence, sincere Christ followers will be led by God. Being sincere, for me, means daily prayers, daily Bible reading, and consistent worship patterns with other Christ followers. When we do our part, God is faithful to do His…leading us into the full purpose for our lives!
Father, I claim the promise of your work in me – please create the proper ‘desires’ and ‘actions’ to accomplish your purposes in my life. In Jesus’ Name, amen.