Our Part and God's Part in Christian Growth - Philippians 2:12-13

Being proactive in our faith, Romans 12:1-2
There's an important balance between "our part" and "God's part" in transforming our minds 
(Romans 12:1-2).

We can't change ourselves, nor can we simply sit back and think it will happen. Both attitudes stunt our growth in Christ.

Philippians 2:12-13 is perhaps the most succinct explanation of spiritual balance:

"Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear [our part]. For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him [God's part]."

Our part: prove our love by obeying Christ, taking our faith seriously, being deliberate (John 14:23).

God's part: transform us from the inside out, changing our desires and giving us power to change our actions.

These are some ways we do our part:
  • Bible study
  • prayer
  • fellowship, service to others
  • self-denial, self-control
  • enjoying time with our Lord
We can enhance God's work by being proactive or hinder it by being passive. Let's be proactive!

1 comment:

  1. I love how you separated the Scripture into "our part" and "God's part"! Perfect Bible study tool! I am putting on my list of blog ideas and will link back to you when I blog about it. I'm sharing a Bible study on Philippians and will soon be in chapter 2! Thank you for sharing!


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