…work out your own salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12)
What does it mean to ‘work out our salvation’? It means that among all the things that we see in cosmic existence, we choose what is pleasing to God and separate ourselves from what goes against God. Then, little by little, we see our life changing. But be patient. God can, of course, visit us and in an instant open our eyes to eternity. But usually it is a labor of several years, which has nothing to do with a mere creation of our imagination. Read Saint Silouan: you will see what his state was, how he was always in God. You will understand his word, where he says that the saints do not spend one second without prayer.
The Elder Sophrony in Words of Life