52. Doing My Part

“Early in my days as a Christian,” Stan began one morning, “a fellow asked me if I was doing my part.”

“Your part in what?” I asked.

“He was talking about salvation, about how God had done His part, and how I was supposed to do my part.”

“Your part in salvation?  I thought it was God’s free gift.”

“Oh, it is,” Stan replied, “there was nothing I could do to earn God’s salvation, but when He gave it to me He certainly expected me to do something with it.”

“You know,” I replied, “that is sort of what the fellow at the train station told me before I met you.”

“He was one hundred percent right,” Stan said.  “I am not just to sit around and do nothing while I wait to go to heaven, I am to work.”

“Work your way to heaven?” I asked with a grin, knowing that is not what Stan meant.

“No, of course not.  You know better than that!”

“I am to work to spread the truth of the Gospel.  All of the truth.  Not just the truth of salvation, but also the truth of what we are supposed to do with that salvation.”

“It is working to do my part in response to the wonderful free gift of salvation.  But the work is not to be work under my direction.  The work is to be done under the direction of God through His Holy Spirit.”

Stan continued, “My work is not your work, and vice versa.  Bur each of us is to be obedient to doing our own part in God’s plan of salvation.”

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Work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.  Philippians 2:12, 13.

Prayer:  Lord, thank you for your free gift of salvation.  Thank you for making it clear that there is nothing I could ever do to earn that free gift.  And thank you for making it clear that I am to work out that salvation by being who and what you intend.  You know all of the help I need to do that, and that is what I ask.  Please lead me and help me to follow your lead.  Amen.

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